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.