"It's tough to get a good read. But I think if I brought him a chair, he'd sit."
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Tonight’s blog entry goes out to Progressive Field press box attendant John “Popper” Krepop, who replaced my busted seat in the box with the Cadillac of work chairs — a cloth swivel chair with reclining capabilities. This is pretty sweet. All that’s missing is an attached mini-fridge full of Schlitzes.
If I nod off tonight, it’s all Popper’s fault. But this chair will certainly prove its worth right away, because we’ll be locked in for four Tribe games in the next 45 hours. Get comfortable.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- The trappings of Twitter may have gotten the best of David Huff this afternoon. It appears the Indians told Huff he will be making spot start against the Tigers on Sunday (pushing Justin Masterson from Sunday to Tuesday, with the rotation getting reorganized after Thursday’s off day). The Indians then instructed Huff to keep this news under wraps. But Huff’s Twitter feed (@dhuff11) announced, “Just got called up for a spot start Sunday against the Detriot [sic] Tigers at 1 pm EST. See you there!!” UPDATE: Huff now claims, according to The Plain Dealer, that he’s not the one who sent that tweet. But that was definitely his account. I’m told his Twitter account was linked to his Facebook account, which has multiple administrators. Could be that one of those administrators received this info and sent it out prematurely.
- When asked about the tweet, Manny Acta said the Indians were still determining Sunday’s starter and that Huff is a candidate. Within an hour of sending the tweet, Huff had deleted it and deactivated his account. Pitching coach Tim Belcher did not sound thrilled about the development and just told me Huff’s callup “may or may not happen” now. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and the lesson is as follows: Twitter is awesome.
- This is as good a time as any to remind you to follow me on Twitter @castrovince. The minutiae flows freely there, as well.
- By the way, whoever makes that start Sunday will only be here for the day. “Unless they throw a perfect game,” Acta said. So if you were angling to get a look at Carlos Carrasco, just know it would have been a short look anyway. Carrasco will join this team at some point in the second half. He tossed seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits with six strikeouts and a walk in a win over Norfolk on Thursday. Obviously, the Indians won’t go with him on short rest.
- Sunday is Josh Tomlin’s turn in the Columbus rotation, and he is also firmly on the Tribe’s radar. But he’s not on the 40-man. So, long story short and tweet or no tweet, it still appears likely Huff will get the nod.
- A little Tribe trivia for you, courtesy of home clubhouse manager Tony Amato. Ridiculously and inexplicably, five Indians were named to the 2004 AL All-Star team. Name them. (I’ll post the answer below.)
- It’s sounding more and more like Shin-Soo Choo will be back with the Indians soon, perhaps even by the end of next week. Choo took indoor batting practice today and had no setbacks. Acta said Choo likely won’t need to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment. So if this progress keeps up, a week or so of BP ought to be enough to deem Choo ready to return from the sprained right thumb.
- Choo spent some time in the stands before tonight’s game, shaking hands, kissing babies and handing out “Choo’s Crew” T-shirts. Nice touch. Choo, though, declined the option of sitting in the right-field stands for an inning. He said he wanted to be with his teammates in the dugout.
- Asdrubal Cabrera also figures to be back soon. He’s logged 10 at-bats on his rehab assignment this week, and could return to the Tribe somewhere around the 30 at-bat mark, if not sooner. He was 2-for-4 with a double in his first game with Akron last night, playing shortstop, and he’ll be at DH tonight.
- The Indians have the second-most homers in the Majors from the No. 2 spot of the lineup, with 15.
- The Tribe has the youngest active and 40-man roster in the big leagues.
- Luis Valbuena is batting .344 (21-for-61) in 16 games with Columbus. He’s split his time between short, second and third.
- In case you missed it, here’s the latest Indians Inbox. Topics include the mysterious rise of Jared Goedert, Kerry Wood trade banter, the future infield alignment and much more.
- Tribe blogger Steve Buffum (linked on the right-hand side of this page under “The B-List”) sent me a copy of his 2010 Trade Deadline Primer, which is available for download at this link. It’s a fun, irreverent read and a fine summation of what’s transpired thus far this season and where the Indians go from here. Check it out for yourself.
- With the second half set to begin, I thought I’d take a look at Baseball Prospectus’ latest playoff odds report for the AL Central. The Indians have a 0.005 chance of winning the division and a 0.00005 chance of claiming the Wild Card. The White Sox have a 47.2 chance of winning the Central, while the Tigers are at 31.2 percent and the Twins are at 21.2.
- Love the dude wearing the “Quitness” shirt on the field during the anthem tonight. Well done.
- The answer to that trivia question? Victor Martinez, Ronnie Belliard, CC Sabathia, Jake Westbrook and Matt Lawton.