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Remember Opening Day?
It was April 6, as I recall. But it might as well have been last September.
Nine players from the Opening Day roster are gone. Rafael Betancourt, Scott Lewis, Anthony Reyes, Joe Smith and
Josh Travis Hafner (not his evil brother, Josh, but thanks to the reader who pointed out the mistake) are on the DL. Zach Jackson, Masa Kobayashi, Josh Barfield and Tony Graffanino are in Triple-A.
Even a couple guys who joined the team late are gone. Vinnie Chulk, Rich Rundles and Matt LaPorta have come and gone back to Columbus, and David Dellucci was officially released today, three days after he was designated for assignment.
Today, Betancourt became the eighth player on the Tribe’s DL. Only the Rays, with nine, have more. The Indians have used the DL 10 times this season, equaling last year’s total (and you thought that club was snake-bitten) and surpassing the totals from 2007 (nine) and 2006 (7).
These guys are about as stable as a two-legged table.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- All injury updates are posted in two stories on the Indians.com site. For information on Betancourt, Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook, Scott Lewis, Anthony Reyes, Joe Smith and Aaron Laffey click here.
- The other story is an update on Grady Sizemore’s condition. Basically, if Sizemore doesn’t respond to rest and treatment over the next two weeks, he’ll probably have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow and miss an additional four to six weeks. We’ll see.
- Tony Sipp is back, and Wedge said he won’t use him strictly in left-on-left matchups. What went wrong for Sipp in his last few big-league outings before his May 17 demotion? He said he let the game speed up on him, and he also made some bad pitch selections. “I was trying to throw a slider I didn’t have,” Sipp said.
- Carl Pavano’s ERA since his first, disastrous start in a Tribe uniform is 4.06.
- Martinez is back in the lineup, but he’ll be a slower version of his old self. I didn’t think that was possible, unless Martinez runs in reverse.
- The fifth annual Mystery Ball charity event will take place Saturday, June 27, during the game against the Reds. The Indians Wives Association will sell 1,200 signed baseballs at $50 apiece. The balls are signed by players, coaches and managers from all around the Major Leagues. (If you get really lucky, you’ll get a Sal Fasano ball, but don’t count on it.) A silent auction will also take place in which fans can bid on a Kerry Wood game-used glove, a Victor Martinez catching mask and other items. All those who buy a mystery ball will also be entered into a raffle to win a batting practice experience and a meet and greet with Eric Wedge. The event will take place at Gates A and C that night.