07/17/2002 5:52 pm ET
MLBeat: Taubensee in town
Veteran Taubensee sees long road left in his recovery
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Eddie Taubensee walked around the clubhouse, shaking hands and greeting teammates. It had been awhile since the veteran catcher had seen any of them.
In his circumstance, Taubensee, 33, had no reason to be here among his teammates, because he couldn't really help the club.
Taubensee, sidelined with three degenerative discs, has been in rehab since the start of the 2002 season, and his return to good health has not gone as quickly as he thought it would, which meant Taubensee won’t likely be back in an Indians uniform soon. He might never play baseball again.
He found that prospect discouraging.
"It's going along a little slow,"he said. "I'm gonna be here a couple of more days -- and be with the team and take advantage of being around here."
To him, the whole rehab has been frustrating, because he’s not been able to do much more than basic pre-game stuff with Akron.
“It’s really no timetable or nothing,” he said. “But it’s going along a lot slower than we thought.”
Trading Places: The Indians sent reliever Dave Elder back to Triple-A Buffalo and brought reliever David Riske off the disabled list. Riske had been sidelined since June 19 with a strained glutinous muscle. Manager Joel Skinner said Riske had proved during his rehab outings that he was fit for duty again. Skinner said he was disappointed that he wasn’t able to get a look at Elder, who came up to replace Chad Paronto and bolster an overworked bullpen. “In last night’s game, he was the guy,” Skinner said of Elder. “In a tie game after nine innings, his first appearance would have been in a deadlock, and pitch until one way or the other.”
Bench brawl: The Indians and Twins cleared their dugouts in the fifth inning Wednesday night after Danys Baez hit Torii Hunter with a pitch. Hunter picked up the ball and threw it at Baez. The ball hit Baez on the leg, and Hunter was ejected.
The Warfield situation: Skinner praised his team for playing hard Tuesday under the toughest conditions. He said Jimmy Warfield’s death had rocked the team, but its veteran leadership showed up and forged ahead Tuesday night. “Emotions run deep,” Skinner said. “But as Travis (Fryman) said yesterday, you’re heartbroken when something like that happens. But you just go about what professionals do.”
More on Warfield: Funeral services for Warfield will be held Saturday at Hoover Funeral Home in Hersey, Penn. Visitation is from 9-11 a.m., and services will follow. The Indians and the Warfield family are requesting that all donations go to the Cleveland Indians Charities in Jimmy Warfield's name.
Tribe tidbits: Since Warfield, 60, took over as Indians trainer in 1971, 587 players walked through the doors of the training rooms at Cleveland Stadium and The Jake. ... Jaret Wright’s rehab is coming along well, Skinner said. “Jaret’s thrown good,” he said. “Fundamentally, he’s doing some things with his delivery, and he’s made some adjustments.” ... Rookie Ryan Drese, who starts Thursday against the Twins, is 1-2 with a 9.22 ERA in his career. ... The Indians are 22-24 over their last 46 games. ... C.C. Sabathia had another uneven performance Tuesday night. He went 5 2/3 innings, gave up eight hits and four earned runs. Sabathia, who squandered a 4-2 lead, got no decision.
FANTASTY EDGE: Travis Fryman, initially penciled in to start, missed another game because of his shoulder problem. Batters are hitting .281 against closer Bob Wickman, who ranks fourth in Indians history in saves.
Justice B. Hill, a senior writer, covers the Indians for MLB.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.