As we prepare for the first Indians game since Sunday afternoon, here are a few things worth mentioning:
I’d like to welcome Jeanmar Gomez back to Cleveland (and Ezequiel Carrera). If you haven’t heard, Mitch Talbot was placed on the DL due to a lower back strain, retroactive to Saturday. I never like to see anyone injured, but I’m kind of glad I won’t have to watch him pitch this weekend. Carrera will join the team in Baltimore for tonight’s game, and then another roster move will be made so Gomez can join the Indians and start Sunday in Baltimore.
Another roster move may be required for Monday as well – the Indians are scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The Indians anticipate that Fausto Carmona, who went on the DL July 3, will be activated for one of the games on Monday. (He’s throwing a simulated start today in Baltimore, and the Indians will assess his progress after that.) The spot start in game two of the doubleheader will likely go to Zach McAllister or David Huff.
For the main SweetSpot Blog, we added our thoughts on what the Indians need, don’t need, etc. in the second half of the season.
And finally – for our local SABR chapter, we’re planning an outing to go see the Akron Aeros on Saturday, August 6 at 7:05 p.m. (It’s a Canal Park miniature stadium giveaway that night to the first 1,000 fans.) We purchased a block of tickets together, and have a number of tickets left. If you’re interested in watching the Aeros with me and a group of local baseball fans, let me know in the comments! We have the tickets at $6 a piece; we could either make arrangements for you to send us a check, and we’d send you the tickets, or perhaps we could even meet before the game on August 6 and exchange money and tickets.