Bullpen Move #485670

Optioned LHRP Scott Stewart to Buffalo (AAA)

Acquired RHRP Lou Pote from the Oakland Athletics for Cash

Designated RHRP Jason Anderson (AAA) for Assignment

Pote will be with the Indians tomorrow, so another roster move is probably imminant in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. The wire reports I’ve seen so far weren’t really clear on the roster mechanics. For now, I’m assuming Stewart is still on the 40-man roster. The scary thing about Stewart is that the Indians don’t really know why he’s svcking this much this year. So he’ll be thrown back to Buffalo to intermingle with the remnants of past failed experiments to see if he can find “it” again.

As for the on-the-field developments….I went to the game tonight, and the result didn’t change that much from when I’ve watched the Tribe on TV. Although it was nice to see a non-Cleveland bullpen arm implode…I was wondering the Indians had cornerned the market on bullpen implosions. Casey Blake must be reading the minor-league boxscores, and seeing Russell Branyan is making a legitimate claim to be recalled, judging by his sudden power surge. Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez continue to impress. Cliff Bartosh continues to show why the Padres and Tigers exposed him on waivers last year.

EDIT: Just saw via the Bisons’ website that Jason Anderdson was designated for assignment. It’s still a bit frustrating that most mainstream baseball articles still don’t have a basic understanding of roster mechanics.

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