Howry looks to be ready to go physically, so he’s going to be given a shot. Before his injury last year, Bob has been a fairly steady setup man for Chicago and Boston. I’m not expecting too much from him, but given the current state of the bullpen, “not too much” is more than adequate.
Mark Little is this week’s fourth outfielder. He’s had a productive season in Buffalo, hitting .314/.348/.566 with 16 doubles and 11 home runs. He bats right-handed, so that’s a plus. He can also play all three outfield positions. If the Indians didn’t have so much outfield depth, he might be playing center field for them right now.
Optioned LHRP Cliff Bartosh to Buffalo (AAA)
A left-handed pitcher who can’t get left-handed hitters out. Hmmm.
Designated RHRP Jack Cressend for Assignment
A smart GM with a bad bullpen might claim Cressend off waivers for a short-term fix. Which begs the question, why is he going through waivers in the first place? He’s put up very good numbers in Buffalo, but he’s more a victim of circumstance than anything; the Indians desperately needed another arm for Sunday’s game. Now they need a fourth outfielder. And Bob Howry had a clause in his contract forcing him to be in the majors by July, or he becomes a free agent. So it goes.
Transferred 3B Aaron Boone to the 60-day Disabled List (knee)
Since the Indians can place him on the disabled list retroactively to the date of the injury, this is more of a move designed to create a roster spot than anything.
Promoted LHSP Keith Ramsey to Buffalo (AAA) from Kinston (A+)
He was only in Buffalo for a spot start, but he pitched well. He’s one of the organization’s unsung arms, so he might stick around the rest of the year in the high minors so the Indians can determine how good he really is.
Promoted LHRP Chris Cooper to Akron (AA) from Kinston (A+)
Demoted P Jose Vargas to Kinston (A+) from Akron (AA)