"I'm speechless. I have no speech."

The more I let it rattle around in the hollow chamber that is my head, the more I sincerely love head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff’s response to the question as to whether or not Grady Sizemore will need arthroscopic elbow surgery at season’s end.

“There is a high index of suspicion for that,” Soloff told reporters Tuesday.

Soloff, who is a true pleasure to deal with (and those of us in the media have dealt with him quite a bit over the last two years), really gave us a gift with that line. Because, let’s face it, that is a much better quote to use in our stories than if he had said, “Yeah, probably.”

But if you asked a girl out, and she replied that there is “a high index of suspicion” that she will accept your invitation, would you feel confident that you were actually going to go out with her?

And furthermore, would you still want to go out with her after she said such a thing?

Something to chew on.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • The numbers were strong for Fausto Carmona again Tuesday night at Double-A Akron. He went seven innings, allowing just a run (a solo homer) on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Emphasis, of course, on the “no walks.” In his two Minor League starts, Carmona has a 0.66 ERA and the opposition is batting .114 off him.
  • Wedge said he received positive reports about Carmona’s outing. “The progress has been pretty consistent with him,” Wedge said. But the Indians remain mum on Carmona’s timetable. All that’s certain is he will definitely get at least one more start in the Minors. I’d assume the Indians would want to see him at the Triple-A level at least once before they bring him back into the rotation, but that’s merely my own assumption.
  • Obviously, the Indians won’t be able to totally gauge how much progress Carmona has made until he pitches at this level again. “Until you get to the highest level,” Wedge said, “it’s not 100 percent until you do it here.”
  • Rafael Betancourt (strained right groin) threw a two-inning, 35-pitch simulated session Wednesday. “I feel pain-free,” Betancourt said. “I feel good right now.” If Betancourt still feels good Thursday morning, he’ll likely join Aaron Laffey in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
  • Betancourt provided a little more detail about the extent of his injury. He said Dr. Mark Schickendantz told him the tendon in his right groin essentially exploded. Betancourt also said many hockey players get the tendon snipped so that it doesn’t bother them when skating. So while Betancourt will have missed a significant chunk of the season, when all is said and done, at least this Christmas he can go ice skating at Rockefeller Center without incident.
  • As for Sizemore’s take on his potential need for surgery, he said, “Day to day, we’ll see how it feels.”
  • Speaking of injuries, Mark DeRosa has strained a tendon in his wrist and will miss at least three or four games with the Cardinals. I’d say that trade has had rough early returns for both teams so far.
  • The Double-A Akron Aeros are a (temporary) juggernaut. They had five players have been picked to play in the the Eastern League All-Star Game, which takes place July 15 in Trenton, N.J. Infielder Beau Mills and right-hander Hector Rondon were fan ballot selections, while catcher Carlos Santana, outfielder Nick Weglarz and right-hander Vinnie Pestano were also tabbed to represent the Southern Team.
  • Kudos also go out to Columbus third baseman Andy Marte, who was named the International League’s batter of the week after hitting safely in each of his team’s six games for a .478 average and eight RBIs.
  • Another 40-man roster castaway, Jordan Brown, also continues to tear it up at Triple-A. He’s hit safely in 20 of 24 games, and his .323 average and .409 slugging percentage are both the fourth-best in the International League.
  • Lots of Nebraska football ties in the house tonight. Head coach Bo Pelini, a friend of broadcaster Matt Underwood, and Turner Gill, former Nebraska quarterback and Indians farmhand and current Buffalo head coach, are in attendance. Gill is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Happy birthday wishes go out to Nate Mosack, manager at Bier Markt and Bar Cento on W. 25th Street (and both establishments are highly recommended).

~AC

UPDATE: Whoever posted the link was correct. I do dig this shirt.

UPDATE No. 2: Doesn’t look like the Shaq thing is happening.

21 Comments

Betancourt has a doctor named Chicken Dance?
That explains an awful lot.

hey AC, is Shaq going to throw out the first pitch Friday night? You said you’d update us and I am going to Friday night’s game.

So let’s say the Tribe does fire Wedge…and let’s say they do it midseason (which many folks on here seem to be in favor of), who should we hire?

Just to show everyone what kind of people we’ve been forced to rely on coming out of the bullpen…check this out.
http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=428420
The background shows the twins logo, his most recent highlight available is him turning a double play as a diamondback, and he is currently a member of our bullpen. Fantastic.

Bob Brently would be my first choice with the idea of having Travis Fryman serve as a bench coach so he can manage one day for the Indians. That’s just my idea.

I’m glad you brought up Fryman as an option for bench coach because I’ve been wondering if we could attract Orel Hershiser to take Willis’ job should we can the whole group together.

and while we’re at it, let’s bring in Sandy Almoar, Jr. Seriously, he is a coach for the Mets organization and I know he can serve as a coach somehow. But yeah, we have former players in coaching and I believe they can do a better job that what we have here. For the most part, we would have a staff that know how to be successful and we know that they have failed before, so they can help a struggling team more so than anything our current staff can do. Let’s be creative with this, both on a short term basis (Bob Brently) and a long term basis (Travis Fryman).

bull pen, schmull pen – the Indians need starting pitchers. Like 4 of them.

Bob Brently? He did take the Diamondbucks to the World Series in ’01, but I don’t think he’s likely to leave the Cobbs broadcast booth.

Seriously, Travis Fryman? Sandy? Why not Bill Selby or Herbert Perry while you’re at it?

If Wedge is canned, Torey Lovullo is the clear replacement.

Lovullo is just like Wedge, at least that is what I had read about him. We don’t need another manager who cuddles with these guys, we need a guy that isn’t afraid to get in your face when you need it, like Brently had done. Plus that 1 WS ring means the world to me because it shows he can have success. On top of that, you groom the bench coach to take over one day. That is another thing this organization does not do. Why is Jeff Datz the bench coach? At least when Buddy Bell was here, he had managerial expereince and he helped Wedge get his feet wet, so what’s wrong with planning ahead and doing the same thing with the bench coach? I see nothing wrong with it.

Lovullo is just like Wedge, at least that is what I had read about him. We don’t need another manager who cuddles with these guys, we need a guy that isn’t afraid to get in your face when you need it, like Brently had done. Plus that 1 WS ring means the world to me because it shows he can have success. On top of that, you groom the bench coach to take over one day. That is another thing this organization does not do. Why is Jeff Datz the bench coach? At least when Buddy Bell was here, he had managerial expereince and he helped Wedge get his feet wet, so what’s wrong with planning ahead and doing the same thing with the bench coach? I see nothing wrong with it.

Willis should have been gone last year. we sent Carmona down and now he is tearing it up. who is coaching him? Bring that pitching coach up!
Wedge should go and Skinner given another chance to coach or even Hargrove but we have to do something this is getting old really fast!

hey what are the odds Carl Willis will blame his pitchers on Chuck Hernandez and Wedge will order Mark to fire Chuck after the season?

AC,

I am “hearing” rumblings that Andy Marte could be released, traded, or even called up sometime this weekend with Wes Hodges expected to return to action from his wrist and shoulder injuries. What are you hearing?

Additionally, I also read that perhaps the rationale behind moving Michael Aubrey was based on getting at bats for Stephen Head. Again, what are you thoughts? If the rationale is accurate, why did we move a .292 hitter for a .241 guy? Oh, PLEASE tell me it’s because Wedge likes his versatility to play the outfield…

Ok, IF,.. IF Wedge is going to get fired, I say the team does it today. They make somebody interim manager for two weeks. Begin interviews immediately, and hire someone during the All Star Break. If this is a lost season (P.S., it is) then I think it would be foolish to wait until the offseason, when you have 3 months this year to build something between a new manager, team, front office, etc. This is only IF he is going to be fired, but it seems like a waste to either let him ride out the year, or an interim with no possibility of being hired, and this is the perfect time to conduct a two-week hiring process.

It is time to fire Wedge. It is obvious that he has lost the players confidence. Also, it is time to weed out the imposters: Francisco, Shoppach, and Garko. That is 3 innings of outs every game they play. Im tired of seeing this trio but Wedge keeps jamming them down our throats night in and night out.

Who’s Bob Brently you all keep talking about? Bob Brenly is doing TV in Chicago, and would probably jump at the chance to manage in his home state (pride of Coshocton and OU). I say, do a 180 from Brenly and make Albert Belle the skipper.

Since when is Griffey Jr. right handed? Is that Griffey Sr., maybe?

AC,

Jordan Brown wouldn’t be fourth in slugging if his % was .409. It was probably .509, which has since gone up to .524.

More importantly, in a season like this, who is it benefiting from having Sizemore play when his elbow is bothering him, even if he can play without it hindering him? It would make sense to have him undergo surgery now instead, so that he has more time to rest/build up strength so that he’s ready to go next spring. It would also afford the Indians an opportunity to get an extended look at some of their outfield depth–Brantley, LaPorta, etc. We are not in the running any longer this year, and at this point the only reason I can think of to have him in the lineup is to keep Indians fans watching and coming to games to see their favorite player, which in the long term is not helping anybody.

Also, do you think it’s possible the Indians keep Pavano and maybe attempt to sign him for next year? Bearing in mind he hasn’t pitched much over the past four or five years he’s been a very pleasant surprise all season, and reason follows he’ll just get more and more comfortable out there.

oujong, thank you. I was just getting ready to flame the board for calling Brenly Brently.

I’m all for bringing up Scott Radinsky now to replace Carl Willis. He seems to be working out in Cowtown and couldn’t get worse results in CLE.

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