LaPorta optioned out, Marte returns

By Anthony Castrovince/

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.


I preferred belly to stomach… sort of made it not so completely disgusting.

better late than never, I guess. I’m just not sure what took them at least a month too long to make this determination. They should have done this as soon as they made the decision to play Kearns and Branyan consistently. This team remains clueless about how to handle young prospects. Fitting that they send him down in favor or Marte, though, when Laporta is looking a whole lot like Marte 2.0. One question remains: aren’t they stunting Santana’s growth as a hitter by holding him in AAA where pitchers can’t get him out and are walking him about once per game? … on an unrelated note, I wonder if the Indians will even move Westbrook this year. I doubt they’d get anything worthwhile for him. With Rondon gone for the year, Carrasco giving up a ton of runs, and Huff, Masterson and Laffey not pitching well in the majors, they would be very short on starting pitchers if they move Westbrook, and he certainly isn’t blocking any prospect. May not be worth it. If they do want to re-sign him for next year, they could trade him as a half-season rental to a team as a pure salary dump, and then make him an offer on a 2-3 year contract after the season, and have a little more money to play with. Don’t know how open Westbrook would be to coming back to Cleveland, and playing for what looks like a 100-loss team though. They could also hold onto him, negotiate with him on a contract, and if he turns it down offer him arbitration, and then if he moves on they would hopefully get a compensation pick if he ends up as a type B free agent.

I don’t usually leave comments, but I do check the blog multiple times a day. ST, just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your comments most of time and they are not going unread. Also, great blog Anthony.

while I lack pacers’ enthusiasm for your comments ST (mostly b/c I disagree fundamentally with your takes that bounce between baseball intellect and Indians fanatic) it is nice to see the overall activity on this site so I agree there. I would imagine that we represent AC well among his community but I could be wrong. Where else would you find a handful of people talking baseball in mid-December when your team is cash-strapped and bound for a “retooling” project or now a projected 100-loss season just 2+ months into the season?

Ugh, I hate the Drew Pomeranz selection. More on that tomorrow though.

I second that notion, pacers_hoosiers. AC’s reporting and blogging acumen, alongside the intelligent commenting, have helped my Tribe fandom while residing in Twins Territory.

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