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May 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, remember that "mid-level starting pitching prospect from Double-A" that Shapiro talked about on Wednesday that they were considering for a bullpen role? Looks like RHP Frank Herrmann was that guy, though he may not be the only one. Herrmann was moved up to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, but he has not taken over the starting duties as expected for departed starter Jeremy Sowers. Instead,...
May 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Captains swept in double-header
The Clippers continued the recent history of struggles against the Norfolk Tides in double-header sweep Thursday afternoon, falling 5-2 and 4-3.
David Huff (4-1 4.05), pitching from behind in the count most of the day, found a way out. He allowed two runs in the first inning, but followed by retiring ten consecutive batters.
The Clippers tied...
May 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Paul and I are back on tonight from 9:30-10:30 to talk about and make sense of all the moves from the past week. We'll talk about the Laffey move to the bullpen, the shifting in the organization with other arms, the LaPorta callup and more. Feel free to chime in or vent by calling us at 646-716-8012 or email a question you would like to have answered on the air to
May 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Bold Bullpen Moves Signal Indians New Direction
"We've always had a set way of doing things here and tried to respect. But now I think we've got to have a little greater sense of urgency where those things are not going to be as important." - Indians GM Mark Shapiro
Wow, what a crazy day yesterday in Tribe Land with all the roster moves, mostly in conjunction with an organization looking for answers for the major league bullpen. It was...
May 7, 2009   (0 comments)
All games on Wednesday, May 6 were rained out in our farm system.
Columbus will make up their game with a doubleheader scheduled for 11:15am on Thursday. Akron will make up the contest on Thursday morning with a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games starting at 10:35 a.m. Kinston will play a series ending doubleheader Thursday afternoon starting at 5:30 pm. Lake County's game game...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Another move to announce, though this is more for the major league team. LHP Aaron Laffey has been moved to the bullpen and LHP Jeremy Sowers will be called up to replace Laffey in the rotation.
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, in a day of an insane amount of activity up and down the system, same not so good news has been learned. I has heard that LHP Kelvin De La Cruz had a strained left elbow, but did not post it because I wanted confirmation from the Indians themselves that this indeed was the case. Well, it is official, as an Indians official says he has the aforementioned elbow strain and is shutdown for six...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Probably the most interesting move of the day is RHP Zach Putnam being promoted from High-A Kinston to Double-A Akron. Putnam will pitch out of the bullpen.
This is a very interesting move, and one that was expected down the road. But given the Indians issues with the bullpen, and Putnam's advanced, polished approach as a pitcher to go along with his plus stuff, Putnam is now on the bullpen...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Boy, what a busy day on the transactions front. I suggest scrolling down the page for the other two updates provided earlier in the day.
Anyway, RHP Frank Herrmann has been promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus. RHP Jack Cassel was moved to Mahoning Valley to make room for Herrmann, though as reported earlier LHP Jeremy Sowers has left Columbus and Herrmann will ultimately be replacing...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
RHP Matt Herges has been activated on the 40-man and called up to Cleveland, and LHP Rafael Perez optioned to Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the roster for Herges, the Indians released RHP Juan Salas.
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
As I mentioned yesterday, RHP Danny Salazar is up from extended spring training and has joined Low-A Lake County. He will move into the starting rotation with RHP Paolo Espino sliding back into the bullpen. To make room for Salazar, INF Matt Willard was moved up to High-A Kinston to fill in the vacant spot left open by INF Cristo Arnal. Arnal was just called up in the last few days to Triple-A Columbus...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Jeremy Sowers was a late scratch from his scheduled start last night, a change that came in shortly before the start of the game. Zach Jackson made the spot start for Triple-A Columbus instead. Sowers is not injurred, and it looks like he is either on his way to Cleveland or has been traded. If he is on his way to Cleveland, it will be interesting to see how he is used and if he goes into the bullpen...
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Brown Looking For Retribution
For Indians first base prospect Jordan Brown, he couldn
May 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Norfolk sweeps twinbill from Clippers
The Clippers dropped both halves of a double-header to the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday night 5-0 and 5-2. The biggest story of the night may have happened before the game as Jeremy Sowers was held from his scheduled start after manager Torey Lovullo talked with the Indians brass. After the second game, the skipper had no further information regarding Sowers'...

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