A whole mess of moves, some I’m just catching up to, and others that are real recent.
Recalled OF Grady Sizemore from Buffalo (MLB Debut)
This is obviously the big one of the bunch. Grady will probably be eased into his role with the Indians, sharing time with Coco Crisp in center field, and maybe spelling Matt Lawton in left. From the limited splits I’ve seen, Grady doesn’t seem to have too much trouble with left-handers, so I don’t think he’ll be straight platooning with Crisp. But regardless, it’s really cool to finally see Grady in an Indians uniform. Once Brandon Phillips returns to the big club, probably in September, all three prospects from the Bartolo Colon deal will be on the roster at the same time.
Designated OF Mark Little for Assignment
He’ll probably clear waivers and take over for Grady in center field for the Bisons.
Announced the Retirement of C Brian Luderer (AA)
Faced with the possibility of returning to A-ball with the promotion of Ryan Garko, Brian chose to hang it up.
Promoted LHSP Dan Cevette to Lake County (A-) from Mahoning Valley (SSA)
A prospect that has flown under the radar since being drafted in 2002 (3rd Round), Cevette was picked with his upside in mind. He’s 6’3″, left-handed, and now he’s throwing in the mid-90s. After dominating the New York-Penn League, Cevette will now join a rotation featuring another teenage fireballer, Adam Miller. Needless to say, you can strike gold sometimes with high school pitchers, but you have to pick your spots. The Indians picked another high ceiling pitching prospect, Chuck Lofgren, in the 4th round this year after hedging their bets with picking Jeremy Sowers and Justin Hoyman in the first two rounds.
Reinstated SS Ivan Ochoa from the Disabled List (A+)
Ivan really needs to pick up the offensive pace. He was hitting .232/.309/.307 before his shoulder injury, and no amount of defensive ability is going to make up for that. He’s already on the 40-man roster, but he looks like John McDonald’s heir apparent more than anything.
Purchased LHP Landon Stockman from Amarillo of the Central League; Assigned him to Kinston (A+)
Promoted RHP Ryan Prahm to Akron (AA) from Kinston (A+)
Traded IF Mayobanex Santana to the Oakland Athletics for Future Considerations (or nothing)
Ahh, the circle of minor-league soldiers. Santana was traded from Arizona for Todd West, a minor-league Rule 5 pick from Milwaukee. He was essentially a stopgap for Ivan Ochoa, and now he’s moving on to his next temp job.