Roster Updates: The only September call-up today was rookie pitcher Corey Kluber who will be making his Major League debut in his next appearance. The Indians did make one other move, however and have some others planned for the near future.
Shin-Soo Choo was placed on the 15 Day DL with the left side injury that has been bothering him over the last week. This was mostly an administrative move as it was necessary to bring up Nick Hagadone from AAA after spending less than 10 days in the minors.
Tomorrow the Indians plan to call up relief pitcher Josh Judy, who has already spent some time on the team, pitching in 3 games during his three stints on the Tribe.
Rumor has it that Jason Kipnis could return to the Indians lineup as soon as September 5th against Detroit. This would be the biggest addition of all as there has been a glaring hole at second base since he went down with a hamstring pull.
Player of the Game
Today’s reluctant ‘Player of the Game’ is Lou Marson, who was one of the only players with a positive score. His amazing final score for the game was a 0.40, the lowest score of the season for the ‘POG’ winner. The previous low was Chad Durbin with a 0.98. Marson had two singles and a walk as well as a nice play where he got the runner at second on a sacrifice bunt. On the other side of the ledger, Marson allowed three steals (although only one was his fault), struck out and had a terrible play at the plate where he decided to block the plate by standing behind it, then dropped the ball anyway. Great day all around for everyone as the final team score was -4.01. The game score makes the worst game for the Indians since July 29th, when the Indians were shut out 12-0 against Kansas City.
Nick Hagadone made his Major League debut today and was very impressive getting out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the 7th. Fausto Carmona had left the bases loaded due to a couple poor defensive plays and Hagadone only allowed one unearned run to score. If Hagadone pitches as well as he is projected to, it will make Mark Shapiro look even better for making the Victor Martinez trade, even though he made VMart cry.
Corey Kluber made his Major League debut today and was very unimpressive, not getting out of a bases loaded, 2 out jam in the 8th. Nick Hagadone had left the bases loaded due to a couple singles and a walk. The reason Kluber’s is bad and Hagadone’s was good was because Hagadone got 5 outs before any earned runs score, while Kluber allowed hits to the first 3 hitters he faced. Of course the A’s were aided by some terrible defensive plays yet again, this time a bad block of the plate and a dropped ball by Lou Marson and a misplay by Jason Donald that almost got Carlos Santana‘s head taken off.
The Indians made some moves today, but not all the right ones. If anyone should have been brought up from AAA early for Shin-Soo Choo it should have been Matt LaPorta, not a pitcher who started in AA and has never thrown a pitch in the Majors. Hagadone could have been brought up in a couple days, while now the Indians will have to wait until September 9th to bring him back.
Asdrubal Cabrera has really struggled of late. Excluding his great game August 27th against Kansas City, he has 3 hits in his last 9 games. This includes only one hit in the current series, after which he was immediately caught stealing. Cabrera’s defense has also been off as of late, as he has not made some plays that he did early in the season, mostly ones that involved extending his range and making a tough throw to first. Cabrera should be really happy when Kipnis returns as it could allow him to take a day off with Jason Donald playing short. He will also have to cover a little less range behind second base.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0 – Oakland Athletics 7