Vizcaino on board, Sowers ousted
The Indians made the expected roster move of signing RHP Luis Vizcaino and adding him to the Major League roster today. He’ll assume a spot in the Tribe’s bullpen after getting cut by the Cubs on April 23. The Cubs are paying Vizcaino $3.5 million this season, and the Indians only have to pay him the pro-rated portion of the Major League minimum.
What wasn’t as expected was the corresponding roster move. LHP Jeremy Sowers was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after two spot starts.
Sowers was slated to start Sunday here in Tampa Bay, so the Indians have an opening now. Perhaps they’ll move LHP Aaron Laffey back to the rotation. Otherwise, they’ll make another roster move this weekend.
I’ll have more info tonight, after we talk to the manager.
UPDATE: Laffey won’t be moved back to the rotation — at least, not on this turn through. Wedge made that clear. So it looks like somebody’s going to get the call from Columbus.
Who? Well, David Huff makes the most sense, as he’s inarguably the best arm in the starting staff down there, and Sunday would be his fifth day after getting the win over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. GM Mark Shapiro said the Indians wanted to see better fastball command and secondary stuff from Huff before he’s ready to come up, but that was before Sowers blew up Tuesday night. Things change in a hurry around here.
It won’t be Tomo Ohka or Kirk Saarloos, because they just pitched in today’s doubleheader. The only other options, then, are LHP Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.84 ERA in five appearances, including two starts) and RHP Jack Cassel (2-3, 7.52 ERA in six starts), but Cassel is slated to pitch Friday.
Jackson is on the 40-man. Huff is not, but that can change. We should know the answer tomorrow.