Sweeping Off the Cats From the Field

In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance, you haven’t, the Indians handily swept the Detroit Tigers in a four-game series this weekend:

Kerry Wood was placed on the DL (again) on Saturday with a blister on his right index finger. This most likely murders any chance the Indians had of trading him prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. While he still could be traded afterward, it’s very unlikely the Tribe will get anything of value for him now. The best-case scenario is now that someone claims him off waivers and the Indians get off the hook for the remainder of his ungodly salary. Jensen Lewis was recalled to fill his roster spot.

How bout the performance by Jeanmar Gomez on Sunday? Making a one-and-done spot start instead of David Huff (more on that later) Gomez sparkled and helped out the pen by going seven strong innings without giving up an unearned run. Gomez’s reward? Sent back down to AAA Columbus. Gomez has probably placed himself in line for a September call-up, and Jess Todd was recalled to take his roster spot.

So why didn’t the spot start go to Huff? Well, minutes after the Tribe brass told Huff he’d be called up to make the start (and to keep it under wraps), a tweet came out on a Twitter account confirmed as formerly belonging to Huff stated that he would be called up for Sunday’s start. Huff and his agent have denied posting the tweet, with his agent saying this:

“If word got out about Huff possibly throwing a spot start on Sunday, it was not David’s doing. He did not post anything on Twitter about any of this; in fact, his own account was terminated over a month ago. And if stuff gets out and circulates over the Internet or Twitter or whatever, well, welcome to 2010.”
-Jim McDowell, David Huff’s agent

Understandably, the Indians were upset that 15 minutes after they told this to Huff, it was posted on the Internet. Twitter is dangerous folks, it’ll cost you a spot start.

Jhonny Peralta hit an inside the park home run Sunday. Read that again: JHONNY PERALTA hit an inside the park home run!! He’s like the second slowest guy on the team behind Hafner! Absolutely amazing.

My man Andy Marte played the entire series, hit a home run, and played stellar defense throughout the weekend. This, of course, has renewed hope in me that maybe he doesn’t completely suck. Stay tuned for more chapters in the exciting career of Andy Marte!

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