Crowe called up, LaPorta sent down
Matt LaPorta’s first stint in the Major Leagues is over. LaPorta was sent down today, with outfielder Trevor Crowe getting the call from Triple-A Columbus for his second exposure to the bigs.
LaPorta’s hot start at Triple-A did not carry over into the Majors. He hit .190 (8-for-42) with a double, a homer and four RBIs. He struck out 11 times and walked four times.
Crowe, who can play all three positions in the outfield and serve as a late-inning pinch-runner, batted .182 (6-for-33) with a double and four RBIs after opening the season with the Tribe. He was optioned to Columbus on May 2 and hit .230 (17-for-74) with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs in 21 games, and he hit .333 (9-for-27) with a double, homer and two RBIs over his last six games.
UPDATE: Regarding the comment below, for those paranoid that the Crowe move is indicative that Sizemore’s elbow condition is potentially a DL situation, I would say your fears are very much justified. Sizemore just told me his elbow hasn’t gotten any better and has been bothering him all season. More on this on the Indians.com site in a little bit.