Reyes, Laffey to DL; Sowers, Rundles promoted

Friday night’s injuries to right-handed starter Anthony Reyes and left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey forced the Indians to make a pair of roster moves Saturday.

Both Reyes, who has right elbow inflammation, and Laffey, who has a right oblique strain, landed on the 15-day disabled list. In their place, the Indians have promoted left-handed starter Jeremy Sowers and left-handed reliever Rich Rundles from Triple-A Columbus.

Sowers will likely  is a candidate to assume Reyes’ spot in the rotation, which comes up again Wednesday against the Rays. The Indians just sent Sowers down to Columbus last week after a pair of starts against the Red Sox and White Sox in which he was roughed up for 12 runs on 14 hits in nine innings, good for an 0-2 record and 12.00 ERA.

While with Columbus this season, Sowers has gone 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts, striking out 26 and walking seven in 31 innings. In his return to Triple-A last Sunday, he allowed just a run on six hits in seven innings in a win at Scranton.

Rundles becomes the lone left-hander in the Indians’ bullpen. He has spent most of this year at Columbus, where he’s gone 1-1 with a save and a 3.21 ERA in 15 appearances, striking out 15 and walking seven in 14 innings. Triple-A hitters batted .255 off him, while left-handers have hit .200. Rundles spent one day with the Tribe last month in case of emergency in the bullpen but did not appear in a game.

Obviously, the Indians didn’t feel Rafael Perez is ready to rejoin them, though he has put up good numbers at Columbus.

UPDATE: Contrary to previous speculation on my part, Sowers is not guaranteed to get Wednesday’s start, though he is a candidate. He’s here tonight as a backup, of sorts, to David Huff. Sowers will be available out of the ‘pen, and, even if he’s used, would still be eligible to start Wednesday. Basically, the Indians’ pitching staff is very much in “day to day” mode. Big fun.

4 Comments

If Sowers is coming up to start, why are they bringing him up now? Surely, if he’s not needed for 5 days it’d make much more sense to bring up another reliever until Sowers is needed.

Unless of course Sowers is being brought up to relieve, specifically as insurance for Huff today if he gets knocked out early.

Good question, dazgod. That had crossed my mind as well. I suppose the answer you gave makes sense, too, since they lost one long relief guy yesterday and used the other one.

Castro,

Do know how many options Sowers has left…. Also ask Wedge what he thinks of Marte’s year… that should put him in a good mood!

This is Sowers final option year…… the Indians can send him back and forth as much as they want this year.

If they want to send him down next year he would have to clear waivers.

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