"We lit out down to Florida and we got along all right"
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
While driving home from last night’s game at The Trop, I calculated that, between four Spring Training camps, several Tribe-Rays series and, of course, that brief and ill-fated stint playing Donald Duck at Disney World, I have spent roughly half a year of my life in Central Florida.
And yet I still have to Mapquest directions from here to the airport.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- The Indians have not announced a timetable for Asdrubal Cabrera’s return. But he’ll have surgery on his broken left forearm in Baltimore on Wednesday, and it’s reasonable to expect him to miss somewhere in the six-to-eight week range. Again, that’s my approximation, not that of the Indians’ medical training staff. They’ll provide an update Wednesday.
- With Cabrera out, Jason Donald will get a decent look at short, and I’m sure Luis Valbuena will fill in there, as well. Mark Grudzielanek is hot (.444 average over a seven-game hitting streak) and will seem ample time at second. One thing Manny Acta won’t do is move Jhonny Peralta from third to short, even for a day.
- This Grady Sizemore left knee injury is lingering, and he’ll undergo an MRI exam Wednesday. It’s not looking particularly promising for Sizemore to return to the lineup anytime soon, as he’s not able to participate in pregame drills or even test out the knee.
- Last week, when asked whether it’s tough to get Rafael Perez some work in non-pressure situations, Acta said, “Life is tough. Get a helmet.” Acta updated that quote today when asked about losing his Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in consecutive games. “Life is tough,” he said. “Get a double-flap helmet. It provides more protection from both sides.” Obviously, this is a motto Shin-Soo Choo already lives by.
- Naturally, Sizemore’s injury came a day after Trevor Crowe got the call up from Triple-A Columbus. Now, Crowe is the guy filling in for Sizemore in center field. Crowe got the call over Michael Brantley because, at the time, the Indians didn’t expect to have many at-bats available, and they want Brantley playing every day. But if the Sizemore injury becomes a more long-term situation, then you’d have to imagine Brantley gets consideration for a promotion. He is batting .329 with a .764 OPS down at Columbus.
- It was a Crowe text message that alerted Donald to the fact that he’s starting today. He was in the Columbus airport when he received it and immediately started stretching. His parents, Tom and Debbie, arrived here from Clovis, Calif., via red-eye flight from San Francisco.
- The Indians have played 36 games this season and lost two of them on walkoff bunts by the opposition. That strikes me as an unusually high percentage.
- What frustrated Acta about Jason Bartlett’s game-winning bunt (it was ruled a sacrifice and fielder’s choice though just as easily could have been ruled a hit) last night was that Jamey Wright wasn’t able to scare Bartlett off with some high-and-inside heat beforehand. Acta visited the mound and instructed Wright to deliver just that to give Bartlett “something to think about,” But Wright’s pitches were lower in the zone. “Thirty teams are telling their pitchers to throw strikes, and it doesn’t always happen,” Acta said. “If they’re unable to do it, that’s human nature. It’s a disappointment [that Wright didn't execute], but there’s only so many things you can do. You want every pitch on the black and can’t do it. I want to eagle every hole, and I can’t.”
- But Acta seemed amused with Wright’s statement that he’s been groomed from the time he was 12 years old to throw low in the zone and that it’s difficult to throw high and tight when instructed. “That’s his opinion,” Acta said. “When a manager calls for a pitchout, don’t you have to throw up and away?”
- Carlos Santana is unreal. He homered twice in Columbus’ 5-1 win over Durham on Monday, driving in five runs along the way. He now has a .333 average, nine homers, nine doubles and 37 RBIs in 37 games. He’s ringing in with a 1.087 OPS. The clock is ticking toward June, and Lou Marson is batting .215 with no homers and one RBI to his name. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
- Veteran lefty Mike Gosling announced his retirement Monday, and he went out with a bang. He tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in an emergency start for Columbus, getting the win to improve to 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA. He wants to spend more time with his family. Gosling made 58 career Major League appearances from 2004-09, including 15 with the Tribe last year.
- Lonnie Chisenhall is sidelined at Double-A Akron with a right shoulder impingement and will probably be out another week or so. Chisenhall got off to a nice start this season but quickly cooled. He’s batting .261 with no homers and a .641 OPS.
- The Indians’ 49 double plays turned this year are the most in the Majors.