Kentucky woman, if she get to know you, she goin' to own you

After stopping briefly in a corner market near my Covington, Ky., hotel this morning, I’m having a difficult time deciding which of the two workers there was my favorite. Was it the toothless woman working the register? Or was it the woman who was about five months pregnant and sucking down a cigarette?

Ah, decisions, decisions, decisions.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • The Indians aren’t yet sure how long to expect Anthony Reyes and Aaron Laffey to be out, but obviously Reyes’ elbow problem is the bigger of the two concerns. Reyes didn’t say exactly how long his elbow has been bothering him, but he made it clear it’s an issue he’s been battling — and his fastball velocity this season backs that up. “I had to slow down [my delivery] to get it over the plate,” Reyes said.
  • Actually, it was a miracle Reyes got through those first three innings last night without allowing more than one run. “That shows you how tough he is,” Eric Wedge said.
  • As reported below, Jeremy Sowers is not listed as the probable to replace Reyes in the rotation Wednesday against the Rays. That spot is up in the air, with Sowers very much a candidate for the job. For now, Sowers is available out of the bullpen, as the Indians wanted to give themselves some insurance with rookie David Huff making his second start.
  • Rich Rundles will probably be used as more of a left-on-left matchup guy.
  • Why didn’t Rafael Perez (six scoreless innings at Columbus since his May 6 demotion) get the call? “He’s on the right path, and we need to leave him alone,” Wedge said. “We’re going to let him keep going and doing his thing.” Wedge has received positive reports about the progress of Perez’s slider.
  • Jhonny Peralta jammed his wrist sliding into third last night, and Wedge decided to play the safe route by giving Peralta a day off, especially with the Indians in the midst of playing 20 games in 20 days. But Peralta’s injury does not appear to be anything serious, as he’s available off the bench tonight.
  • The Indians have lost five straight in Cincinnati, dating back to 2007. They are a combined 1-6 against the Reds over the last two years.
  • The Tribe entered today a season-worst 9 1/2 games back in the AL Central standings.
  • Travis Hafner went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two walks and two runs scored in Columbus’ 10-4 win over Buffalo on Friday night. Pronk had today off and will play again tomorrow. He’ll then be evaluated to determine if he’s ready to rejoin the Tribe.
  • LHP Chuck Lofgren continues to impress at Double-A Akron. He took a tough-luck loss against Erie last night, alllowing just an unearned run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts ove rsix innings. He is now 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA in seven starts. that’s the second-best ERA in the Eastern League. Before the season, there was talk of yanking Lofgren from the Double-A rotation if he got off to a rough start, so you have to give him credit for the way he’s rebounded thus far.
  • You like reading, and you like football, right? Sure you do. So why not give, “Bearcats Rising,” my buddy Josh Katzowitz’s upcoming book on UC football a shot? It’s available for preorders now.

~AC

22 Comments

You lucky man; the women are just coming out to greet you! lol!

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Glad to see there’s a reason Peralta wasn’t in, I was thinking Wedge had completely lost it.

Since the current major league team is pretty awful, I have 3 questions about prospects I’d like to see answered either by AC, Mark Shapiro, or random fans.

1.) Did Kinston pitching prospect Kelvin de la Cruz suffer a seious injury, or is he going to be back in their rotation soon?
2.) What, if anything, can Jordan Brown and Michael Aubrey do to get a look at the major league level? I know the team currently has irreplaceable guys like Dellucci and Garko blocking them, but being a former 1st round draft pick and/or hitting above .333 at AAA should mean something, right?
3.) Who is this Marte guy playing 3b for Columbus? With 5 HRs and 6 doubles and a .370 average after 27 games. You’d think this guy was a top prospect or somethign, but I’ve never heard of him before

I heard it on the radio and watched it on TV…Grady’s slide on the inside of home plate was a great play. However, neither Tommy and Mike or Matt and Rick gave ANY credit to Asdrubal Cabrera who clearly made the best move. Sure, Skinner gets credit for sending him on a weak arm, Sizemore made a great slide and ran his tail off, but if Cabrera doesn’t wave him inside, none of that matters. It’s one of those things that sportscasters leave out mention of but is so crucial. A good color guy should notice that.

Sooooo…
Our bullpen is good now?
Betancourt still scares me, but he seems to be getting better and better. Aquino should get more recognition for what he’s doing.
Today lends credence to my whole “second starters” theory — that we should carry eight relievers, four of whom are generally starters so they can back up our rotation (or at least the four who NEED backing up).
It seems we’ll see Sowers next week after all.
And the Tigers lost!

djacks – I was watching on TV, and I thought I heard either Rick or Matt say something about Cabrera’s heads-up call to get Grady to slide on the inside. Just thought I’d point that out – got to give credit where it’s due.

Yeah, Matt Underwood said it and then Rick Manning backed him up.

Anyone see the Padres game tonight? Mujica got the save. Then I went and read his stats for the season…
I think I might be coming around to cantonguy’s way of thinking on Willis.

Go to Hofbrauhaus. The beer flows like wine!

As far as Reyes goes, I figured something was wrong. He used to always get stronger as the game went on, and this year he got weaker as the game went on.

My question is I know what “chronic” means, but what exactly do they mean when referring to Reyes elbow? Does he have arthritis or a bone spur? Nerve damage? Scar tissue? Calcium deposits? A birth defect maybe-I mean was he born with something missing in there, or something extra in there?

I admire the effort. Really, I do. He hung in some really rough outings and even managed to leave with the lead in 4 games. But he’s got to know that the fans and sportswriters look him and just think he stinks. It’s a tough break for him and the Indians.

I guess now he’s DFA’d as soon as baseball rules allow unless they come up with a diagnosis more precise than “chronic” elbow trouble.

Where’s Jackson in all this, he’s had 15 inning over 3 games of ER free pitching. Certainly he has proven himself above Sowers or Huff in pitching of late.

Jackson pitched 6 innings on Thursday, so he won’t be available to pitch again until Tuesday….. I suspect that’s one reason he wasn’t called up.

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