Carroll activated, Barfield out
Jamey Carroll has been activated from the disabled list after a three-game rehab at Triple-A Columbus. To make room for Carroll, the Indians optioned Josh Barfield back to Columbus.
Carroll suffered a broken bone in his left hand in his last at-bat of the spring exhibition season, on April 4 in Houston. He was 3-for-11 with two runs in three games for the Clippers and went 2-for-4 with a double last night.
Barfield was the Tribe’s pinch-runner. This is the second time he’s been demoted this season. He was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Will be interesting to see how Eric Wedge doles out the playing time between Carroll and Luis Valbuena, who now share the role of utility infielder.
UPDATE: Why did Barfield get bounced instead of Valbuena? Wedge likes having both a left-handed [Valbuena] and right-handed [Carroll] option at second base, as he’s planning on playing Asdrubal Cabrera more at short and giving Jhonny Peralta some time at third (you had to know that was coming eventually this season).
Wedge also likes having two utility guys who can play third, rather than Barfield, who was only considered an option at second base and the outfield (and the Indians have plenty of outfielders).