At the end of Book II of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Jake Barnes, the novel’s narrator, joins his friends Mike and Bill in the middle of a night of debauchery, near the tail end of a prolonged fiesta. Drunk but pensive, Barnes regards his friends, the only ones who remained at the fiesta until the bitter end, and observes: “The three of us sat at the table, and it seemed as though about six people were missing.”
It must feel that way lately in the clubhouse of the Cleveland Indians. It seems as though nearly every day brings news of another player designated for assignment. The latest victim is reserve infielder Jose Lopez, who was DFA’d earlier today to make room for relief pitcher Frank Hermann, who today rode the Colum-bus from AAA. Hermann is expected to provide some relief to a bullpen in dire need of it, as Indians starters have thrown only 44 innings in the last ten games.
Lopez hit .249 in 66 games with the Indians in 2012. He was already DFA’d in May of this year, but was reacquired less than two weeks later when Travis Hafner went down with a knee injury. This is not the year to make any kind of predictions about what the Indians might or might not do, but it seems safe to say that Lopez has played his last game as a member of the Indians. I know that all of us at IPL wish him well . . . don’t we?