This Week In Indians Baseball: Week 5

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David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

NEWS:

  • Grady Sizemore (60-day DL) spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, indicating that he expects to be able to join the ball club in early-to-mid-June. The earliest he is able to come off the DL is June 3rd.
  • Josh Tomlin was placed on the 15-day DL with right wrist soreness on Saturday; his stay on the DL is retroactive to May 8th.
  • It was an up-and-down kind of week for Zach McAllister, who got the spot-start in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader as the 26th man on the roster and was sent back to Columbus at the conclusion of the game. He was recalled again to start on Saturday, taking Josh Tomlin’s place in the rotation.
  • Jason Donald was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Jose Lopez was recalled to take his place on the roster.

WAHOO’S ON FIRST HIGHLIGHTS:

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WEEKLY TRIVIA:

  • On May 7th, Travis Hafner notched his 79th career hit-by-pitch, tying Nap Lajoie for the all-time franchise record.
  • Sunday’s third consecutive loss to the Red Sox marked the first time this season that the Tribe had a losing streak of three games.
  • In all of his 16 appearances this season, Vinnie Pestano has recorded at least one strikeout, which is the longest streak to start a season for an Indians reliever going back to 1918.
  • The first game of Monday’s doubleheader marked a pair of firsts for two Tribe rookies: Zach McAllister and Nick Hagadone. McAllister earned his first major league win and Hagadone recorded his first major league save.
  • Travis Hafner’s triple on Monday was his first since 2007.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“You should’ve seen it from my perspective in the dugout. He looked like a linebacker.”—Shelley Duncan, on Travis Hafner’s triple on Monday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has been coming around at the plate and the past week was evidence of that. In a week when the Tribe struggled to make noise offensively, Brantley was a steady force helping them along. He had four multi-hit games and brought home 8 runs. Heading into the week, Brantley carried a .238 batting average; he raised it to .269 by the end of the week.

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