If I have to walk, I'm gonna get there just the same
Missouri is the “Show-Me” State; Kansas is the “I’ve Seen It” State.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- This is the first time all season that Travis Hafner has started four games in a row. And it’s a good time for it, considering he’s 9-for-his-last-22 with two homers and seven RBIs. Hafner said he made a mechanical adjustment to his swing in the last week. Wedge said Pronk’s swings last night were “as good as he’s looked all year.” But Hafner will, as you might have guessed, be on the bench Wednesday, as five straight days is probably asking too much of his shoulder.
- Regarding the decision to rest Grady Sizemore today, despite his strong numbers (11-for-36 with two homers and 11 RBIs) against Zack Greinke, Wedge said he knew he had to give Sizemore either Monday or Tuesday off. The Indians, after all, are right in the middle of a stretch of 13 games in 13 days, and Sizemore’s elbow can’t tolerate that kind of workload. Wedge said he played Sizemore yesterday and started him today because of his starting pitcher, not the opponent’s. Justin Masterson is more of a groundball pitcher than Jeremy Sowers, obviously, so that’s why Wedge made the call.
- Shin-Soo Choo has only started nine other big league games in center field. The last was July 7, 2006, while he was still with the Mariners. “I played center field my first two years in the Minor Leagues,” Choo said. “It’s not really [more difficult]. But I worry about going to the fence. Grady makes a lot of good plays at the fence, and I can’t do that.”
- Arizona Fall League rosters were announced today, and outfielder Nick Weglarz, right-handers Connor Graham, Josh Judy and Zach Putnam, first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride and infielders Carlos Rivero and Josh Rodriguez will represent the Tribe on the Peoria Saguaros. The Peoria team will be managed by former Indians player David Bell, and Jim Rincon, the hitting coach at Class A Lake County, will be on Bell’s staff. For more information on the organizational rationale for sending these particular players, ready my story on Indians.com that should be up shortly.
- John Mirabelli said Alex White may be added to the AFL roster eventually. If not, Mirabelli said White will pitch in a new Arizona league that will run parallel to the AFL and replace the defunct Hawaiian Winter League. That info is also in the aforementioned article.
- I must say I’m surprised at all the fuss over Wedge’s comments about Andy Marte in yesterday’s post (scroll down to find them, if you haven’t already seen them). Fact is, Marte has a lot to prove to this organization after 2007 and ’08, and it’s going to take more than a five-game hitting streak to do so. Has anybody noticed that Marte has exactly two extra-base hits since he was called up a month ago? I’m not piling on here; I’m just stating the obvious that maybe the Indians want to see more from his at-bats if they’re going to count on him being a part of their future.
- RHP Steven Wright is 10-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 32 games, including five starts, for Double-A Akron. He’s allowed just two earned runs over his last 25 1/3 innings pitched since July 12.