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.


Have to think that the Brantley addition means limiting Hafner and Sizemore quite a bit throughout the rest of the season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of them shut down when the second wave and (hopefully) Jordan Brown arrive on September 8th. Oddly enough, I’m intrigued to see Veras again. His pure stuff is definitely very, very good, but he has never really put it all together. Hopefully he proves something and can net a bit in a trade, as the move to put him back on the 40-man hurts nothing.

So Brantley is finally up:

I told everyone that he was!

But no one believed me.

Brantley should get the time in LF:

while moving Laporta to 1B:

moving Marte to 3B:

and moving Peralta to DH – while giving Travis some time off to nurse his bum shoulder.

Travis should take the rest of the year off:

and rehab it until he is ready to go next year.

I feel as though we are ready to contend:

and if some of our prospects meet the expectations we (and Eric Wedge) have:

they could be in the lineup next year.

But just cuz Brantley got called up:

doesn’t mean he is going to play all the time:

and maybe even at all.

the roster is at 40 men now:

and everyone else needs a shot too.

Good luck Indians!

Go Tribe!

Happy September!!


I read something today that said the FO will decide Wedge’s fate after the season, and his current contract status will have no impact on their decision. The article also mentioned that the Indians were $12MM in the red for the year, so why doesn’t Wedge’s contract (and the $1.3MM or a buyout) play into that decision? For a financially strapped team, I think it points to Wedge being fired after the season if they’re not giving any thought to his contract status.

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