LaPorta, Valbuena, Barfield coming up; Smith, Crowe, Graffanino gone
Well, Eric Wedge wasn’t kidding. The Indians made a postgame move. In fact, they made three of them.
Outfielder Matt LaPorta and infielders Luis Valbuena and Josh Barfield are all joining the Tribe here tomorrow.
They are taking the places of RHP Joe Smith, who is going on the 15-day disabled list with
right shoulder soreness a right rotator cuff strain, OF Trevor Crowe, who was optioned back to Columbus to play every day, and INF Tony Graffanino, who was designated for assignment.
More updates to come on the site, but Wedge said LaPorta will serve as a complement to David Dellucci, Valbuena will be the utility guy in the infield, and Barfield will be back to his old role as a late replacement on the basepaths and potential help in the infield and outfield.
As for Smith, the injury is certainly news to me and the rest of us who follow this team on a daily basis. Wedge said they’ll use Smith’s rehab to get him regular appearances and back on track, and he remains a guy they think will help them in the late innings this year.
UPDATE: Smith’s DL stint is retroactive to April 29. The Indians don’t think the injury is serious.
UPDATE No. 2: Here’s the full story.