"It's Feldman… from across the hall!"
Am I the only one mildly amused that, at some point today, Feldman (aka, “Bizarro Kramer”) will be pitching to Niuman?
Just me? OK, let’s move on.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Grady Sizemore underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow this morning at the Cleveland Clinic. Team medical director Dr. Mark Schickendantz performed the 30-minute procedure, which addressed the inflammation in the elbow. Sizemore will have the second surgery to address his instable left abdominal wall in Philadelphia a week from today. Dr. Bill Meyers will perform that procedure.
- Jamey Carroll is in the leadoff spot for the 16th time this season. He’s batting .367 (10-for-28) over his last eight games.
- Carlos Carrasco, clearly, is still a work in progress. His fastball has consistently been up, and he’s not getting his secondary stuff over for strikes. The Indians hope his rapport with Lou Marson will help him in the long run. The two have a brotherly relationship. They got into a little bit of a tiff on the mound at Columbus last month, when Marson made a visit to the mound to rather emphatically tell Carrasco what pitch to throw. Marson told reporters earlier this week that he is tough on Carrasco, because he believes in his stuff and ability to succeed.
- On the bright side, Carrasco did pick off two Rangers runners in the first two innings of Game 1 yesterday. “I saw them getting too far from the bag,” Carrasco said, “and Luis [Rivera] gave me the sign to throw over.”
- Niuman Romero, called up to add depth to the middle infield, makes his first Major League start today… at first base? Romero played seven games at first with Columbus this season. He said he’s most comfortable at shortstop and third.
- Andy Marte, in a 3-for-24 funk, is out of the lineup for the second straight game.
- Switch-hitting Trevor Crowe, who has been limited in swinging from the left side in the wake of his right oblique strain, is in the starting lineup against a right-hander today. It’s his first start since his activation from the DL last week. UPDATE: Crowe batted from the right-hand side against Feldman today.
- The Tribe is 1-7 against the Rangers this season. If Texas finishes off the three-game sweep today, it will mark the first time the Rangers have swept a three-game set in Cleveland since May 1992.
- Ian Kinsler has hit safely in 21 of 23 career games against the Tribe, batting .364 (36-for-99).
- The Pirates have clinched their 17th consecutive losing season since 1993. In that same span, the Indians have had 11 seasons in which they’ve finished with a .500 record or better. For that timeframe, the Indians’ total number of seasons at .500 or better equals that of the Tigers, Orioles, Brewers and Rays combined.
- Right-hander Chen Chang Lee has been promoted to Double-A Akron from Class A Kinston for the Eastern League playoffs. Lee was signed out of Chinese Taipei last year and went 4-6 with two saves and a 3.35 ERA in 45 games out of the Kinston ‘pen this season. He struck out 97 batters in 83 1/3 innings pitched.
UPDATE: Here’s a great note from the Elias Sports Bureau: “You could have seen all 16,963 Indians games prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Rangers and never seen what occurred in the opener. Cleveland scored in each of the last six innings but lost the game. It was the first such loss by an American League team since the Red Sox suffered a 22-13 loss to the White Sox in 1970.”
UPDATE No. 2: Asdrubal Cabrera was out of today’s lineup in part because Wedge felt he needed a couple days off (today combined with Thursday’s off day) and in part because he got spiked in the leg Tuesday night.