- The Indians acquired right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations on Tuesday.
- To make room for Rogers on the 40-man roster, backup catcher Luke Carlin, was designated for assignment.
- Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff was named as a member of the American League medical staff for the All-Star game.
- The Indians sent first baseman Matt LaPorta to Triple-A after a short stint in the Majors to make room for Rogers.
- The Indians agreed to terms with their top two picks in the MLB Draft. Tyler Naquin received a $1.75 million signing bonus and Mitch Brown received $800,000.
- Jack Hannahan was activated from the DL on Friday and returned to the lineup batting ninth and fielding at third.
WAHOO’S ON FIRST HIGHLIGHTS:
Brian compared Jason Kipnis to some of the best second basemen in the game and explains why he is destined to become a superstar
- Lewie explained why Matt LaPorta deserves a legitimate chance in the big leagues
- Merritt previewed the series with the Cincinnati Reds and Brian previewed the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Lewie interviewed Steve Engbloom of the Blog Red Machine about the Reds and Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout about the Pirates
- Steve made a case for why the Indians should sign Marlon Byrd
- Lewie argued that sending Matt LaPorta back to Triple-A is a mistake
- In this week’s Wroundtable, we discussed who we’d like to see in an Indians uniform
- Michael Brantley’s 22-game hitting streak ended on Saturday. It is the longest hitting streak in the Majors up until this point this season.
- Lou Marson has increased his hitting streak to nine games.
- Justin Masterson has pitched 11 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest such streak since Vinnie Pestano went 14.1 innings last September.
- Chris Perez has converted 21 consecutive save opportunities, which is tied for the second most in a single season since the save became an official stat in 1969. Jose Mesa set the record at 38 in 1995. Perez shares second place with Doug Jones who had 21 straight saves in 1988.
- Jason Kipnis swiped his 17th base of the season to give him the American League lead.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“It was just me and my dad. All we did was baseball. Everything. Watching it on TV. We’d go to Rays games. I think their first season, we went to like 25 games. I didn’t have a bedtime or anything. As long as I did my school work and got up in the morning, he didn’t care.”—Chris Perez
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Masterson
Justin Masterson hasn’t been the pitcher we’d hoped to see this season. He hasn’t dominated opposing batters like he did in 2011. Like last season though, he hasn’t been given much run support from the offense. On Friday, Masterson gave us a glimpse of his dominance of the past season. Despite only getting two runs of support, Masterson pieced together one of his better outings of the season, holding the Pirates scoreless over seven innings, allowing four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera Chris Perez Cincinnati Reds Esmil Rogers Jack Hannahan Jason Kipnis Justin Masterson Lonnie Soloff Lou Marson Michael Brantley Mitch Brown Pittsburgh Pirates Shin Soo Choo Tyler Naquin