Dellucci gets the call
Eric Wedge said he’d consider all available position players on the Triple-A Columbus roster to replace injured designated hitter Travis Hafner.
In the end, the Indians passed on hot-hitting prospects Matt LaPorta and Luis Valbuena and went with a veteran choice Friday, pulling outfielder David Dellucci out of his rehab assignment a few days earlier than originally anticipated.
Dellucci, recovered from a left calf strain he suffered near the end of Spring Training camp, assumes the roster spot that left-handed reliever Rich Rundles temporarily held. Rundles, who was optioned back to Columbus, had been called up Wednesday, when Pronk landed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
So while the 14-man pitching staff was short-lived, the Indians are still carrying a bloated bullpen, eight men deep.
Dellucci’s presence gives Wedge a left-handed DH option, as well as another candidate to spell Ben Francisco in left field. In seven games with Columbus, Dellucci, who is in the final year of a three-year, $11.5 million contract, hit .414 (12-for-29) with a double, a triple, two stolen bases, three walks and two RBIs. He played two games in the outfield and the rest at DH.