Recalled RHP Matt Miller from Buffalo (AAA)
Matt, who was predictably dominating in his stint with the Bisons, should return to a matchup role. The only downside of this move is that the team doesn’t really have a longman, but at this point, the bullpen is rested enough so that guys like Betancourt and Riske should be able to go multiple innings. And Scott Elarton doesn’t pitch until the team gets back to Cleveland.
Optioned RHP Jason Davis to Buffalo (AAA)
JD will occupy the spot in the rotation left vacant by Jason Bere’s retirement. For those of you keeping score at home, the current Buffalo rotation is Brian Tallet, Jeremy Guthrie, Francisco Cruceta, Steve Watkins, and now Jason Davis. Apparently the team isn’t comfortable with making Davis a “future closer” just yet. The performance of Fernando Cabrera may have something to do with that, but first of all, Davis needs consistent work, which he wasn’t getting in Cleveland.
I don’t think it’s official just yet, but Coco Crisp may be out three months because of a possible torn ligament in his right thumb. Crisp’s absence means that Jody Gerut will probably be an everyday outfielder, at least until Juan Gonzalez is healthy again. Crisp had been one of the better offensive threats in the lineup, and his injury makes an already punchless lineup even worse.