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No surprise! Indians designate Lowe for assignment


Following a 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians pitcher Derek Lowe did not know that it would probably be his last outing for the team. The Indians have designated Lowe for assignment due to his continued struggles on the mound. The Indians took a chance on Lowe over the offseason, acquiring him in a trade with the Braves, but the veteran sinkerballer has been hammered more often than not.

In 21 starts for Cleveland this season, the 39-year-old Lowe went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. Lowe stormed out of the gates with a 6-1 record and an American League-leading 2.05 ERA through eight outings before every start became a disaster.

Derek Lowe (courtesy of

Over his last 13 starts, Lowe went 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA, allowing 65 runs (61 earned) on 97 hits with 28 strikeouts and 28 walks over 66 1/3 innings.

By designating Lowe for assignment, the Indians have 10 days to trade or release Lowe, or the club can send him outright to a Minor League affiliate if he clears waivers. There are certain that some team will take a chance on the 39-year-old veteran.

The Indians have taken Lowe’s spot on the roster for the promotion of Columbus right-hander Corey Kluber, who is scheduled to start against Kansas City on Thursday (today). Kluber has gone 11-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 starts for Columbus.


Info compiled from MLB,



Indians place Hagadone on disqualified list


The Cleveland Indians did not like the way LHP Nick Hagadone hurt himself over the weekend and he has been placed on the Minor League disqualified list.

The team made the move on Sunday.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti called Hagadone’s injury a significant one to his pitching hand when he,  punched a wall after a bad relief appearance on Friday night.

Nick Hagadone (Akron Aeros photo)

The incident happened during a 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Hagadone gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Most fans do not understand what the disqualified list is, because it is rarely used. The disqualified list is used when a player violates his contract, which happens when a player is injured in activities outside of normal baseball activity. While on the DQ list a player, in this case, Hagadone,  cannot accrue service time, will not be paid and is treated as suspended.
It is expected that Hagadone and his agent will appeal to the Players union.
Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Reds release veteran Jeff Francis from minor-league contract


When the Cincinnati Reds signed left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor-league contract back on January 25, it was to make sure there was a veteran arm needed if the starting staff needed help in case of injuries or lack of production. The starting pitchers have done their job all season and that’s why the Reds are leading the NL Central Division.

Francis on the other had has done a good job for a Louisville Bats team which has not played well all season. He has a 3-6 record in 12 starts with an ERA of 3.72, 65 strikeouts, 18 walks in 77.1 innings of pitching.

Jeff Francis with Kansas City in 2011 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

One day after throwing a complete-game shutout for Triple-A Louisville, veteran left-hander  Francis was released by the Reds on Monday, June 4 after choosing to exercise a June 1 opt-out clause in his Minor League contract.

Francis spent last season pitching for the Kansas City Royals, but his best years were in six seasons with the  Colorado Rockies, where he went 55-50 with three double-digit-win seasons.



Info compiled from Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news


Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week is Francisco Lindor of Lake County


The Cleveland Indians  announced on Tuesday, May 8, that  Lake County  infielder FRANCISCO LINDOR has been named their Minor League Player of the Week for April 30 – May 6. The Player of the Week award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System.

Francisco Lindor in foreground (courtesy of USA Baseball)

Lindor was the Indians’ first round selection (8th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida.  He entered the 2012 season as the #1 ranked prospect in the Indians organization according to Baseball America. Francisco, who is just 18 years old, will not turn 19 until November 14.

Lindor, has hit .379 (11-29) with a 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI and 5 SB in his last 7 games while posting a 1.040 OPS (.419 on-base pct, .621 slugging pct.). For the 2012 season, he is batting .299 (38-127) with 22 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 11 RBI while stealing 11 bases in 15 attempts.  He is currently 1st in the Midwest League in at-bats (127), 3rd in hits (38), 4th in total bases (56), T-5th in runs (22) and T5th in stolen bases (11).


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians & Lake County Captains

Reds activate Cairo from DL; send Harris to Triple-AAA Louisville


Willie Harris on Sunday traveled from Pittsburgh with the rest of his teammates as they headed to Milwaukee. But on Monday, instead of getting ready to play the Brewers, Harris had to get ready to board another plane and head towards Louisville where the Bats are playing the Norfolk Tides. That’s the life of a MLB utilityman, majors one day, minors another or released.

Miguel Cairo is back to help the Reds bench (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The move was needed to make room for Miguel Cairo’s activation from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, the Reds sent Willie Harris outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Willie Harris (Photo by Jason Wise of Getty Images for

Harris, who has 72 hours to report to Louisville, was batting .086 (3-for-35) on the season. His main job was to be the only left-handed pitch-hitter. He was signed to a Minor League deal in January and made the team out of Spring Training.

The 38-year-old Cairo went on the DL on April 17 because of a strained left hamstring. He played three games on a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton, going 0-for-10 with two strikeouts. Cairo is very valuable as a utilityman as he can play 3B, SS, 2B, 1B and the outfield if need be.

Another player who was in the mix to go back to Louisville, Todd Frazier, who is right-handed and was called up from Louisville after Cairo went to the disabled list, did not have to worry about a demotion after batting .389 (7-for-18) in his 10 games.

With Harris gone, the Reds have no left-handed  hitters off the bench.


Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

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