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Indians put Michael Brantley on DL, call up Nick Hagadone

Aug 26, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

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With Jim Thome joining the club, the Indians have shaken up their roster some in advance of Friday’s game against the Royals.  Left fielder Michael Brantley (wrist) and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (elbow) have both gone on the DL, and left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone has been called up to make his major league debut.

Hagadone, a 2006 supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox, was seen by many as just as important of a piece as Justin Masterson in the July 31, 2009 deal that sent Victor Martinez from Cleveland to Boston.  However, his command deserted him in 2010, and the Indians opted to shift him to the pen at the end of the year.  He’s been a fine reliever this season, amassing a 2.65 ERA and a 74/21 K/BB ratio in 68 innings between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Still, Hagadone’s stay could be a short one, as the Indians will need to replace Tomlin in the rotation next week.  Jeanmar Gomez and Mitch Talbot will be candidates to claim the spot.  Talbot, who cleared waivers and was outright to Triple-A earlier this month, pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start for Columbus.

Brantley’s absence leaves the Indians with just 3 1/2 outfielders in Shin-Soo Choo, Kosuke Fukudome, Ezequiel Carrera and Shelley Duncan.  One wonders if they’ll consider giving Matt LaPorta the occasional start in left against a lefty.  In Fukudome, Carrera and Jim Thome, they have three players who don’t typically face many southpaws.

  1. thelmt82 - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Matt LaPorta sucks against lefties + he is one of the worst in the outfield in the game. There would be a better chance of Jack Hannahan playing some in the OF if needed before the 1st when hopefully they bring up Head, Huffman and maybe Buck if some guys on the 40-man get moved to the 60-day DL.

  2. Lukehart80 - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    The Indians aren’t a great team and every team has some injuries, but they sure have had a lot this season. I don’t know if all the missed games would add up to the difference between them and the Tigers in the standings or not, but I wish I had the chance to find out.

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