LaPorta optioned out, Marte returns
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Andy Marte is back from one of the stranger disabled list moves in recent memory, and he’s bumping Matt LaPorta down to Triple-A.
The Indians finally determined that LaPorta’s development at the Major League level was stunted enough by Austin Kearns and Russell Branyan that it was time to get him more consistent at-bats with Columbus.
LaPorta was expected to be an everyday player at left field and first base this season, but Kearns’ hot start and Branyan’s presence have gotten in his way. He also hasn’t shown the progress at the plate that the Indians had hoped for, as he’s batting just .218 (26-for-119) with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs in 35 games.
Marte was placed on the 15-day DL on May 15 with an infected ingrown hair on his stomach that required surgery. He has hit .208 (5-for-24) with four runs scored, a triple, homer and seven RBIs in 15 games this season. He made a rehab appearance at Class A Lake County over the weekend.