Carmona to rookie ball; Hafner activated

You had to figure Travis Hafner would be activated off the 15-day disabled list today.

And you might have guessed that Fausto Carmona would get optioned out after another brutal start.

But what you probably wouldn’t guess is that Carmona isn’t heading to Triple-A Columbus. Rather, the Indians are taking the drastic measure of sending Carmona to the rookie-level Arizona League.

Similar moves have been made in the past with the likes of Roy Halladay, Edinson Volquez and Dontrelle Willis. So this is not without precedent. Still, it speaks to how far Carmona has sunk over the last two years.

Carmona is 2-6 with a 7.42 ERA in 12 starts this season. He has walked 41 batters and struck out 36 in 60 2/3 innings.

More info to come on the Indians.com site as the story develops.

UPDATE: A couple quick updates to this. First off, Tomo Ohka will — initially, anyway — take Carmona’s spot in the rotation. And that spot will remain in flux, should Ohka falter.

The Indians aren’t expecting this to be a quick fix with Carmona. He’ll go down in a non-competitive environment and start from scratch, in a sense, and then he’ll build back up to game activities once he’s back on track. So there’s really no timetable for his return. All I can tell you for now is that it’s not like he’s going to magically reappear in two or three weeks.

Pitching coordinators Dave Miller and Steve Lyons and mental skills coordinator Julio Rangel will work with Carmona. 

12 Comments

Rookie ball ay? I sure hope Carmona doesn’t have the same fate as Dontelle Willis.

cARMONA hmmM HESZ GOOD…

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Glad to see some aggressive moves, it’s about time!! Everything just seems off with Carmona and he needs to get back to his much better form.

“I sure hope Carmona doesn’t have the same fate as Dontelle Willis.”– Hopefully it has the same effect on Carmona as it did on Roy Halladay.

I’m just curious what Carl Willis and Faus do on a day-to-day basis in between starts, because it can’t be working on mechanics or watching film. Nothing has changed all season; he’s still flying open on his release and he still can’t locate his sinker. It’s a damn shame.

If I were to hazard a guess (which I always do), I would expect to see Zach Jackson get the call. He’s been pitching well in Columbus since he went back down.
Sadly, that will give us three Not Ready For Primetime Players in our rotation, not to mention three guys who can’t really be trusted to go more than 5 innings per outing.
Hopefully, this move will get Shapiro to start making some trades, even if it is early in the trade season. I don’t know how much it will help the team, but at least it would be something interesting to follow.
I’d love to see the Tribe have a day like the Braves just did, where they make multiple moves at once to shake things up.

I’m glad to see this happen. Carmona is still very young, and I think this will be for the best.

Also, speaking of Dontrelle Willis, wasn’t our current bullpen coach the pitching coach for the Tigers when Willis lost it in 2008?

@jkrumwiede – yep, Chuck Hernandez. Paul Cousineau made a similar point on that one at The DiaTribe:
[...] “Chuck Hernandez, the team’s (Tigers) previous pitching coach, was stronger than Knapp at developing game plans, one Tigers official says. Knapp is stronger at fixing pitchers’ mechanics.
Is this an indication that Hernandez struggles at fixing pitchers? mechanics?
Isn?t this the same Hernandez that sits out in the Indians? bullpen and watches these guys before they come out?” [...]

Let’s see if and to what costs Glavine/Pedro/Byrd are available…

I don’t know how much it will help the team, but at least it would be something interesting to follow.
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