Following last night’s loss to the Orioles, we knew the Indians would have to make a roster move in order to bring up David Huff for a spot start. Carrerra was the likely odd man out. That was before Grady Sizemore stumbled rounding first base. Today the Indians made room for Huff by putting Grady on the 15 day DL.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced the club has placed OF GRADY SIZEMORE on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion. To take Sizemore’s place on the active 25-man roster, the Indians have LHP DAVID HUFF from AAA Columbus.
Sizemore injured his right knee in the 1st inning of yesterday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards. So far this year he is batting .237 (55-232) with 32 runs scored, 21 doubles, a triple, 10HR and 29RBI in 61 games as he ranks T17th in the American League in doubles. This marks Sizemore’s 6th career trip to the Major League disabled list and the third this season. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 2.
Huff, 26, will make his 1st Major League start and appearance of the 2011 season in the first game of today’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. This year at AAA Columbus he has gone 8-3 w/a 3.86 ERA (100.1IP, 105H, 49R/43ER, 28BB, 63K) in 17 starts. He ranks T5th in the International League in wins (8), 10th in innings (100.1) and 19th in ERA (3.86). Huff won 5 straight starts from June 8 to June 29 going 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA (33.2IP, 26H, 8R/ER).
The Indians now have six (6) players on the Major League Disabled List (Carmona, Choo, Crowe, Sizemore, Talbot, White).
Sigh. Grady had been hitting the ball better as of late. He was still striking out, but offering some protection for Santana in that five hole. Depending on the severity of the injury, the Indians may find themselves under more pressure to make a move for an outfielder.