While the Boston Red Sox took their first loss of the season earlier today against the Athletics, the Indians are working on finalizing their roster to start of the 2008 season. It was reported late yesterday that veteran reliever Jorge Julio will be making the squad after tossing a 1.64 ERA through nine appearances this spring. Two others that will not be joining the opening day roster will be starter-turned-injured reliever Scott Elarton and second baseman Josh Barfield – both being sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
While the Elarton move doesn’t surprise me at all, given that there is still some more cuts to be made in his line of work, I thought that the team would at least have Barfield be a utility guy if he couldn’t beat out Adrubal Cabrera for the 2B job. However, I can see what the team is doing by wanting him to get everyday at-bats, albeit at a lower level of play. I don’t think it will be long before he gets another shot.
Speaking of roster moves, here’s to hoping that the Cavs do not have to make any more down the stretch with Ben Wallace’s back problems. It will be hard enough to lock up with the Hornets tonight, let alone go at an entire playoff run without the much-needed depth. Get better, big man.
Does it surprise anyone that Chris Webber has called it a career? What’s that? You forgot he even came back? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
And to send you off for the day, check out this video of the Royals’ Joey Gathright doing what it takes to avoid that tag.