The Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a winning streak — albeit only two games — after Thursday night’s 5-3 triumph over the Boston Red Sox.
However, the Tribe is still feeling the sting from their near-historic 11-game free fall days later as pitching coach Scott Radinsky was fired Thursday. Radinsky took the heat for the staff’s atrocious effort during its losing skid.
The starters went 0-8 with a 10.44 ERA during the 11-game slide. The staff currently has the second-highest ERA in the AL at 4.72.
Taking the place of Radinsky is Ruben Niebla, who was promoted from the same position at Class AAA Columbus. Niebla has familiarity with most of the staff, including the three newest members of the rotation in Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber and Chris Seddon.
–In another development Thursday … get ready for it … DH Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list. Shocking, I know. Hafner has been on the DL twice this season and several times during a downward cycle in a career that started with impressive power numbers.
Pronk won’t be back in Cleveland next season, at least not for the $13 million option the team has in his contract.
–The Indians should be getting starter Roberto Hernandez back next week. He is scheduled to start for Columbus Friday. His three-week suspension for pitching under the false name of Fausto Carmona ends Saturday.