"We take out our drivers, we tee up and that ball goes sailing up into the sky, holds there for a moment and then… gulp!"

I might have to make this quick, as I’m trying to line up a search and rescue team to recover the half a dozen balls I lost during yesterday’s Cleveland Indians Charities Golf Outing.

The event itself was more successful than my particular group of duffers. More than $200,000 was raised for CIC.


  • It appears Justin Masterson’s transition from the bullpen to the rotation will be a quick one. Eric Wedge said Masterson could join the rotation as early as the next run through, which would be next week. Masterson threw 46 pitches in his debut Saturday, and he threw on the side today. Wedge hopes to get Masterson three innings out of the bullpen in his next appearance. If not, Masterson will throw on the side after the appearance to make sure he reaches the adequate pitch count.
  • Masterson said he’s not worried about the toll this transition could take on his arm, because he started six games early this year and has, in his own opinion, a “rubber arm.” But he said he’ll have to be careful to communicate how he’s feeling at all times.
  • The Indians like the adjustments they’ve seen from Trevor Crowe since his latest callup. “He’s more under control,” Wedge said. “He’s doing a better job with his balance and overall approach. He’s always had a lot of ability and athleticism. He really went down there and got better.”
  • Press box assistant John Krepop points out the oddity in tonight’s lineups. In Orlando Cabrera and Asdrubal Cabrera, we have two players with the same last name, playing the same position and batting in the same spot in the lineup.
  • Jake Westbrook starts for Double-A Akron tonight against Connecticute. He’s scheduled to go three innings or 50 pitches and will be followed by the newly acquired Connor Graham.
  • Left-hander Scott Barnes, acquired in last week’s trade sending Ryan Garko to the Giants, made his second start for Class A Kinston last night and held Lynchburg and worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
  • The two Minor League pitchers acquired in the Victor Martinez trade will make their organizational debuts this week. Right-hander Bryan Price will make tonight’s start against Lynchburg for Kinston, and left-hander Nick Hagadone will start Thursday against Hagerstown for Class A Lake County.
  • Not sure what this was all about, but Kelly Shoppach flung his bat into the empty seats during batting practice today. Never seen that before.
  • Tribe starters are 7-5 with a 3.77 ERA in the second half, lowering their season ERA from 5.56 to 5.24. Tribe pitchers are now walking 2.85 batters per nine innings in the second half after walking 3.9 per nine in the first half.
  • Double-A left-hander Ryan Edell was named the Eastern league pitcher of the week after extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings on Sunday. Edell is 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 17 games, including 16 starts, this season.
  • Two RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) teams from Cleveland have advanced to the RBI World Series, which will be held in Jupiter, Fla., from Aug. 4-14. The junior boys team and girls softball team advanced, while the senior boys team lost in the regionals. The RBI program is run by the Cleveland Baseball Federation and supported by Cleveland Indians Charities.
  • The Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, will team of the Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center to open Camp Erin Cleveland, a special camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have lost someone close to them. The camp will be held at Camp Y-Noah in Akron on Aug. 14-16. Local advocates for the camp will include Grady Sizemore and Kerry Wood. For more information, visit the Moyer Foundation’s Web site.



I’ll admit it, I’m concerned about moving Masterson to the rotation. I think it’s for the same reasons I wanted Laffey in the bullpen earlier this year: I don’t have any faith in the relievers we have. Honestly, I’m still not sure Laffey is more helpful in the rotation than the bullpen, although at this point it doesn’t really matter. Perhaps I’ll feel better after regular, quality appearances from Sipp and C. Perez, and proven turn arounds from Lewis and R. Perez.
The Shoppach point is interesting. Correct me if I’m wrong, AC, but we only have an option for Shoppach next year, yes? I don’t see how we’d pick that up at this point, particularly with Gimenez and Toregas getting what seems to be regular time behind the plate now (and performing as well as Shoppach).

I’d been wondering which one of our rather cruelly labeled “AAAA pitchers” would be sent down as we start to see some of the new pitchers we picked up get shots in the bigs. Entering into today, Sowers had the better numbers, but I thought Huff had a shot. Sadly for Mr. Huff, I think the writing is on the wall. Still, hopefully he’s managed to learn something from his time in Cleveland and can only improve from here on out. Let’s be honest: his numbers in Columbus weren’t really good enough for him to get called up this season, anyway, but desperate times…
Hopefully, Sowers can pick it up a notch, as I’m sure he knows there are guys waiting to step in for him.

If you could, what are the pitchers or at least starters ERA when Victor was catching and when Kelley or another has been catching? Why would they pitchers get that better in the second half of the year…again… when they could do nothing right in the first half?

do you have a thing for the nutmeg state anthony? i didn’t know connecticute looked so good.

bradsmeyer, while your Martinez/Shoppach inquiry is noble those numbers would be misleading for so many reasons, most notably because Shoppach always caught Lee. It’s not like they alternated every other game.

The catcher numbers would also be misleading because Victor always caught Fausto.

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