Betancourt headed to the DL

Rafael Betancourt has been the Indians’ go-to reliever all season, but now he’s going to the disabled list.

Betancourt left Sunday’s game against the Yankees in the eighth inning with a strained right groin. He’s expected to be placed on the DL on Monday. The corresponding roster move was not yet known.

Brought in to face Mark Teixeira with two on and one out in the eighth, Betancourt threw three pitches to get to a 2-1 count. On this third pitch, he felt a pop and stepped off the mound. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff and manager Eric Wedge rushed out and, after a short chat, Betancourt walked off the field.

“I knew I had to stop pitching right away,” Betancourt said.

The Indians turned to right-hander Matt Herges, who gave up a game-tying double to Teixeira.

UPDATE: In case you missed it on the Indians.com site, Tony Sipp was recalled to fill Betancourt’s spot on the roster.

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I know we’ve been bad this year, but it seems like the deck is getting more and more stacked against us.

This is just our luck. I thought it was his ankle when it happened.

I know this is kind of a dumb question, but I wonder when the last time a starting pitcher was able to lower his ERA in each of his next 10 straight starts after his first start of the year. Carl P’s final numbers for the month of May, 5-1, 3.60 ERA and 34 K’s look pretty nice. Hopefully he can keep it up in June.

I realize that we’ll probably call up another reliever to take Raffy’s spot. But I have a suggestion/thought.
With Grady on the DL and Hafner stuck in eternal rehab, and with DeRosa getting more time in the outfield so it’s not entirely manned by youngsters, perhaps this would be a good time to give Jordan Brown the call. Not only has he gotten some time in the OF recently, but he can play first or DH, because right now our DH options look pretty bleak when both DeRosa and Garko are on the field.

With all of these reoccuring injuries, is it time to question the need for a change in the training staff? Injuries certainly cant be completely avoided, but the regularity and types of injuries that have now plagued the last two seasons are far from the norm across the mlb. perhaps this is a result of offseason training/conditioning as well.

Now that school is out, I’m available to pitch in the 6th, 7th or 8th inning. My phone is on and awaiting your call Wedgie.

wctribe I completely agree. There have been so many injuries the past few years, they need to take a good look at what’s going wrong and who’s in charge of it. Injuries happen but a team shouldn’t be losing multiple players every week.

LACF, you have been the biggest advocate other than myself for having 8 relief pitchers. While I have advocated for Michael Aubrey rather than JB, you and isavage have properly reiterated that Brown also plays the OF thus citing our need for more versatility to offset our injuries. However, guaranteed roster spot or not, there were 29 other teams that passed on Brown as well. That usually means something but not always.

and I know I asked for a 22-30 record to end the month of May but being 21-28 at the start of the NY series, with Lee and Pavano set to take the ball in 2 of the first 3 games, I find myself depressed that we didn’t take those two games. Now we need Sowers to put up dominant or at least effective, bullpen-saving innings simply to get a split. Can I get a Hector Rondon citing in Cleveland? Perhaps a Scott Lewis update?

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My thought is that we either call Brown up when we send Gimenez back down or we go with 7 relievers until we send Gimenez down. I’m hoping/assuming that Victor will be back sooner rather than later.
My big concern is that, since Grady is being shut down completely for a week or so and since Hafner had yet another set back just a few days ago, we have no real bat off the bench. So why not take the best bat from Columbus and bring him up? Brown’s numbers are only beaten by guys who just got there.
And, to be horribly calculating about it, it would allow the Tribe to show off DeRosa at all positions and still get in more Garko as well as see what Brown can do. If a trade does come down, at least we’re giving other teams something to look at and consider.

For the sake of clarity, assuming Victor’s back in a few days and we send Gimenez down and that we go with 8 relievers and 5 starters, the remaining 12 would be: Choo, Crowe, Francisco, DeRosa, Brown, Peralta, Cabrera, Carroll, Garko, Martinez, Valbuena, Shoppach.
I’m a little worried that the bottom third of our order yesterday were all hitting .211 or less!

At what point to we figure this year is a wash and trade Derosa and Lee? This team is unable to sustain a winning streak and the injuries are not helping.

ac. for the sake of my fantasy team and the peoples hearts, do you have any updates on victor and how things are looking for him. gosh, i really dont want to pick up aj pierzynski.

Brad, we’ve got a pretty cheap option on Lee for next year, so I would guess it would take a pretty amazing offer for us to trade him. It would be worth keeping him around at least until mid-season of next year. If we have to deal him then, we could still get a good package from a team looking to contend.
Let’s not forget that we DO have quality pitchers to surround him with — most of them just happen to be on the DL right now.

Brad, how would trading Cliff Lee help us? Could we get some prospects for him? Sure. But what we need more than anything else is quality starting pitching. Why trade a proven, Cy Young winner, lights out starting pitcher, when that is exactly what we need? We still likely have him for another year, with the option. I can understand trading CC last year. At the time we had Cliff Lee putting up arguably the best season of his career, Carmona was coming off an exceptional season, and guys like Aaron Laffey, Jermey Sowers, and Scott Lewis were all chomping at the bit in AAA. CC’s contract was up at the end of the season, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to afford his going rate. We didn’t need starting pitching at the time, so we traded him. It was a brilliant move in which we gained a few exceptional prospects for a guy we were going to lose anyway. Tell me Brad, how would that move apply now? Carmona is in trouble by the 3rd inning, and our 4th and 5th starters are whoever the ____ we can find to pitch that game. What would we gain by losing one of our only two reliable starters? Seriously Brad, I want to know.

I would say for now it makes sense to have the extra pitcher, without Betancourt or Laffey, and Huff and Carmona and Sowers in the rotation, Indians’ pitching could be a frightening thing. Brown instead of Gimenez would be good though, with Brown being the Dellucci replacement. I have to wonder, why with their emphasis on versatility, isn’t Garko a valid emergency catcher? He was after all, a catcher, isn’t Garko at C less insane than Garko as OF, which we have already senn? Why do they need Gimenez at all, who certainly has done nothing in Columbus to warrant a callup? Again, if I were Brown orAubrey, I’d have to wonder what the point of it all is when a guy hitting 100 points less is called up before me? I also have to question R Perez being up, why the anti-Rundles bias? I mean I know Perez has experience and has pitched well for about a year total, but if he had only been bad, instead of TERRIBLE this year, the Indians would have at least 2 more wins

I wondered about Rundles myself, isavage. I figured he’d get the call over Sipp.
I’ve also wondered why Garko hasn’t gotten any time behind the plate, at least in spring training as a precaution. I’m guess he must have been a pretty mediocre catcher.

LACF/isavage, in reference to Perez over Rundles, we have seen it now for 7+ years. Wedge prefers the experience he has seen over the uncertain commodity. Call it loyal to a fault if you like but it is what it is. Addtionally, Garko was a catcher in high school I believe. Last year Casey Blake was our emergency catcher so I consider the idea of Garko behind the plate unrealistic in Wedge’s mind. Gimenez is here b/c of his versatility, knowledge with the AAA pitching staff we have at the ML level and is a stopgap (hopefully) until VMart gets healthy. It was quite nice to see Shoppach’s golden sombrero on Sunday though wasn’t it (note my sarcasm)?

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