A lot of things have happened today, so I thought it was important to make a note of all them here.
Tribe second-baseman, Orlando Cabrera has become an American citizen today. Cabrera will miss tonight’s game against the White Sox to go through the ceremony in South Carolina. The Colombian native has played in the Major Leagues since 1997. Orlando was born in 1974 in Cartagena, Colombia and has now spent about half his life in the United States. Congratulations to Orlando Cabrera!
Travis Hafner’s side injury may be more serious than the Indians are saying, and it has forced the team to make a move today. Relief pitcher Justin Germano was sent to AAA Columbus for super-utility player Luis Valbuena. Germano was statistically the worst pitcher in the Indians pen and will benefit from a short stint in AAA. While Justin has been on the team the whole season, he has only been allowed to pitch in 12.2 innings and has allowed 8 earned runs. Valbuena will provide some added depth with Hafner out, which is especially important with Grady Sizemore already on the disabled list. Luis proved something in Spring Training this year after struggling to the Indians over the last few years. In Spring Valbuena almost made the team by leading the team with 4 home runs and playing three different positions (shortstop, second base and third base). In Columbus, he has also added outfield to his repertoire and has continued to hit. Luis has 21 RBI with 4 home runs all while hitting .270. If he can play solid in the pros and limit his errors, Valbuena may be able to compete to win the utility job from Adam Everett. Everett has played well this season, especially on defense, but Valbuena has greater upside as well as more speed and power. I don’t expect the Indians to go long down a man in the bullpen, so there will probably be another move made as soon as Hafner’s situation is settled. He will get an MRI in Cleveland on Friday. If Hafner goes to the disabled list, Frank Herrman may get his fourth shot at the Majors this year.
On a sillier note, the entire Indians bullpen is now available to follow on Twitter. Rafael Perez was the last one to take the plunge. You can follow them at:
Rafael Perez @Raffyperez53
Justin Germano (AAA) @Jgerm39
Vinnie Pestano @VinnieP52
Joe Smith @thethree8
Tony Sipp @SippTony
Chad Durbin @chaddurbin37
Chris Perez @ChrisPerez54