I've never felt so strange, standing in the pounding rain
Still no clue if they’ll get this one in tonight. It has begun to rain again, and a flash of lightning just sparked the evening sky.
So with this game already in delay mode (even if it starts, it won’t be until after 8 p.m. ET), we might as well dive into the Tribe tidbits, right? Right.
UPDATE: The Indians announced an 8:15 p.m. start time, but the tarp was just pulled back on the field at 8 p.m. So we’re back to wait-and-see mode.
UPDATE No. 2: 9 p.m. start time.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Travis Hafner will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Columbus and will probably be back in the Indians’ lineup on Monday.
- Joe Smith threw his live batting practice session here today and will go out on rehab later this week. Not sure of the exact day, but he might go out Friday, as well.
- Rafael Perez should be back soon. He tossed another two scoreless innings for Columbus yesterday, giving up three hits and striking out a pair. “He’s throwing the ball well,” Eric Wedge said. “He’s starting to get some consistency. He’ll be up here sooner rather than later.”
- Grady Sizemore remains in DH mode as he waits for his sore left elbow to calm down. To be clear, there is no structural damage or bone chips or anything of that nature in the elbow. This is inflammation of the joint, and it’s flared up over the last couple weeks. “We’ll try to get him through the weekend and see how it plays out,” Wedge said. And when Hafner returns and that DH spot is no longer open, it should be time for the Indians to decide what to do with Sizemore. They might even make that decision beforehand.
- Don’t even try to guess what’s going on with the rotation. The Indians are just riding it out and taking things day by day. Jeremy Sowers will be available out of the bullpen after a few days of rest, but he could be slid back into the rotation the next time through. A lot depends on how Zach Jackson and David Huff pitch over the next two days. Wedge still views Sowers as a starter, not a reliever. Sowers doesn’t warm up quickly and doesn’t have the groundball tendencies of an Aaron Laffey.
- Jackson is the Tribe’s ninth starting pitcher this season. They’ve played 47 games.
- Someone asked about Ben Francisco’s numbers against Andy Sonnanstine, and, well, let’s just say putting Francisco in tonight’s lineup is about the easiest decision Wedge will make this year. After his two-homer day against Sonnanstine earlier this month, Francisco is now 6-for-7 with a double, four home runs, a walk and eight RBIs against him.
- If, for some reason, you needed statistical data to illustrate that Carl Pavano didn’t pitch very much with the Yankees, here you go. Pavano has five wins this month. He recorded the same number of wins from May 23, 2005, to April 30, 2009 — a span of 1,438 days. Pavano is the only pitcher in baseball with five wins this month. He is sixth in the AL in strikeout to walk ratio (3.54) and eight with 2.1 walks allowed per nine innings.
- Looking ahead to Saturday, and CC Sabathia’s return to Cleveland, I asked pitching coach Carl Willis what type of reception he thinks CC will receive. “I certainly hope he gets a nice reception [from the crowd] and then a rowdy reception from us on the field,” Willis said.
- Double-A Akron RHP Jeanmar Gomez followed up his perfect game with a dud against Reading last night. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits over six innings, raising his season ERA from 0.31 to 1.29.
- ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” program will be broadcast live from Progressive Field’s Batter’s Eye bar from 6-10 a.m. ET tomorrow. Hosts Mike Greenberg and St. Joe’s alum Mike Golic will be here and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.