So we’re getting close to game time, as the Tribe attempts to avoid the sweep in Detroit. Is it just me, or did last night’s game seem awful enough to count as 2 or 3 losses? Thankfully, it’s just one. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the hill today in an attempt to stop the bleeding; unfortunately, he can’t hit for the Tribe. They’ve scored exactly 2 runs on 12 hits so far this series. Detroit could have scored 30 or 3 last night, and they still would’ve won.
Anyway, speaking of Jimenez – did you hear about Drew Pomeranz? He underwent an emergency appendectomy last night in Tulsa (he’s playing with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers). Since it takes several weeks to recover from the procedure, his season is likely over. The story from the Denver Post mentioned that his first (and only) start with Tulsa was excellent; he took a perfect game into the 7th inning. It’s probably a little disappointing that their fans won’t get to see him start again this season, as he just reported to the Rockies organization on August 17 (had to wait until it was officially a year after his signing).
The Denver Post also has a really nice article that looks at the Jimenez trade in greater depth. It’s primarily from the Rockies’ perspective, but it’s worth checking out.
Since today is August 21, that means there are exactly 10 days left before the waiver deadline for trades. Actually, to qualify for a postseason roster, a player must be on a team’s 40-man roster as of September 1. So there may be a small flurry of activity over the next week or so as contenders attempt to bolster their rosters. What moves would you like to see the Tribe make? (If any) An additional right-handed bat would be nice, and possibly an infielder (although Jason Kipnis is likely to return before the end of the month). Part of me still wishes they wouldn’t have traded Orlando Cabrera, even though he was far from a force in the lineup. I got to thinking about Nick Johnson, the often-injured, former Yankee and Nationals first baseman who is currently in the Indians’ system in Columbus. I think he’s been healthy for much of this season, so I decided to see how he’s been doing in Columbus. The answer – not that good. Probably won’t be an option in late August and September.