Tribe makes first round of callups
Rosters expanded today, and in addition to RHP Carlos Carrasco, who makes the start tonight against the Tigers, the Indians have also added OF Michael Brantley and RHP Jose Veras from Triple-A Columbus.
Brantley was the player to be named from last year’s CC Sabathia trade with the Brewers, so the two main acquisitions from that trade (Matt LaPorta, of course, being the other) are here now. Brantley provides CF insurance for the Tribe, as Grady Sizemore continues to nurse a bum elbow. Brantley was batting .267 with a .711 OPS and 46 stolen bases in 116 games for the Clippers.
Veras had been designated for assignment by the Tribe on Aug. 5 and accepted an assignment to Columbus, where he was 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in seven appearances.
Carrasco, one of four acquisitions in the trade that sent Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies on July 29, will make his big-league debut tonight. He was 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts since the trade.
More callups are expected after Columbus’ season ends Sept. 7.