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.

2 Comments

No, No, NOOOOO!!! I’d rather have 14 pitchers, I hope he proves me wrong!!

Baseball Prospectus had an article on what they refer to as “replacement-level killers. (R-LK)” Basically these are guys that if you play them enough they will kill your chances of making the playoffs. They also estimated that a whole team full of R-LK would win 48 games. Last year Travis won the R-LK at DH. As the article said, David Dellucci was no solution as he would have won at either DH or LF had he not split his time between them. So if swapping R-LK is your goal, then David might just be the perfect call up for Travis after all!

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