According to the Indians website, rock-of-the-rotation Jake Westbrook has been placed on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 20th, with a left intercoastal strain. The man we've been calling for, OF Ben Francisco, has been recalled from Buffalo to take his spot on the 25-man roster.
With yesterday's off-day, there was no need to bring up a starting pitcher until Saturday, which you can bet will be Aaron Laffey, who is dominating AAA these days. So Benny will get some run in the OF this week. To me, Eric Wedge better start Francisco in LF tonight. Play him while he is here, the kid can rake. We know what K-Mike and Dellucci can (or should I say, can't) do. Why not give Franky G a night off in Right tomorrow night and let Francisco play RF?
It's a no-brainer. This offense needs a jump start and fast. Andy Marte deserves a start or two this week as well. With Fake not even hitting his weight, lets see what Marte can do.
Meanwhile, this Westbrook injury doesn't seem serious, but he was in such a groove and has been so solid thus far. It's a real shame to stop his momentum. The good news is Laffey is a proven commodity and would be in most starting rotations in the majors today. He will most likely start Saturday against the Yankees at the Jake.
The question will be that if Francisco come out smokin hot and is hitting the ball while the tribe offense awakens, what will happen when Laffey has to come up and make his start? Who loses their job? Jorge Julio? Tom Mastny? Do they cut the cord on K-Mike or Dellucci? Should be an interesting week.