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.