Indians on roll despite poor attendance

   May 25, 2012 11:11 am    0

 

The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are riding high after sweeping the division rival Detroit Tigers in a three game series, capped by Thursday’s 2-1 victory.

It was nice to see Chris Perez close it out for the third straight game. Perez took some heat for his recent criticism of fans not showing up to Progressive Field. Let’s face it … he’s right. It’s a first-place team that is playing some exciting ball. For a team with a 26-18 record to rank last in the majors in attendance is a little jarring.

Injury update

–Josh Tomlin (wrist) should be able to return to the rotation soon after working pain-free while throwing a 50-pitch simulated game Thursday. Manager Manny Acta said Tomlin should return without need for a minor league rehab assignment. It’s expected Tomlin will be the starter Monday against Kansas City.

Zach McAllister took Tomlin’s spot before being sent down to Triple-A Friday. McAllister has proven he deserves to play in the majors this season, going 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA with the Indians. The Indians also called up Double-A Akron shortstop Juan Diaz as a temporary move until the Tribe activates Tomlin off the DL.

–Grady Sizemore still is several weeks away from returning after back surgery. The center fielder is eligible to return from the 60-day DL on June 3, but Acta said it’s unlikely Sizemore will be ready by that point.

Unfortunately, left fielder Johnny Damon has not been providing the offensive burst the Tribe had hoped for when they signed him early this spring. Damon, who is hitting just .156 with two RBIs in 18 games, likely will take a reduced role or the Indians will trade/release him once Sizemore returns.

– Tony Battaglia

 

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