8/20: Indians vs. Angels

Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game will be broadcast on STO and WTAM. And yes, Matt LaPorta is in the lineup.

UPDATE: We’re officially in rain delay mode. Game time TBD.

UPDATE No. 2: It’s now a 7:15 p.m. start. So not much of a delay.

cle3.gifINDIANS (51-68):
CF Grady Sizemore, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 3B Jhonny Peralta, DH Travis Hafner, 2B Luis Valbuena, C Kelly Shoppach, LF Matt LaPorta, 1B Andy Marte. RHP Justin Masterson (3-4, 4.70).



ana3.gifANGELS (73-45):
3B Chone Figgins, 2B Maicer Izturis, RF Bobby Abreu, DH Vladimir Guerrero, LF Juan Rivera, 1B Kendry Morales, SS Erick Aybar, CF Gary Matthews Jr., C Jeff Mathis. RHP John Lackey (8-5, 3.73).


With the open 40-man roster spots, while I know it is not quite what the Indians had in mind, maybe it is time for Grady to have his surgery, and bring up Michael Brantley to play Center. I know that would be ahead of schedule, but we have a good opportunity to look at him and give him his first major league experience, while also ensuring Grady is more likely to come back healthy next year.

At the same time, it might be a good idea to put Travis on the DL, if only for 15 days, just so he can rest his shoulder. Perhaps it just needs a break, and pushing it too hard this year could adversely affect it next year. Then you can bring up Jordan Brown, and give him a look to.

The season is over, and while I don’t have amazingly high hopes for next year, if the Indians can help ensure Grady and Pronk’s health for next year, and get a look at some young guys over the rest of this season, it seems win-win to me.

christopherw, you are making logical points about an organization that seems unwilling to factor in such things.

In other news, Scott Lewis going for the Clippers today and Graham going for the Aeros! Lots of pitchers to watch.

I agree with you Christopher, put Grady on the DL, and bring up Brantley, so he can steal bases like crazy, and then put Pronk on the DL, but I would bring up Marson to get a look at him. We much need a look at Marson more than Brown. I would move Carlos Santana up to AAA as well.

Does Mark Shapiro even know Jordan Brown exists? I feel like the only people who know about Brown are people who comment on this page. Of course, when 1/8 of your 40 man roster is made up of catchers, you don’t have a lot of options.

Another thing about Grady, I was at the game on Tuesday, and it seemed to me, that the Angels must have in big bold letters in their scouting report “If the ball is hit to Sizemore, you need to move up at least two bases if not three.” They know he is hurt, and are showing no mercy. With this clubs recent record of playing guys when they are hurt and shouldn’t be playing, it worries me that they seem to be showing they cannot learn from past mistakes. But then again, it seems like they have shown a lot of that over the last couple years.

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