Notes: Betancourt's rehab on track
Reliever could throw simulated session next week
SEATTLE -- Reliever Rafael Betancourt threw a bullpen session Sunday morning in Cleveland, and Betancourt came out of the session feeling fine, head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said.Betancourt has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 20 with a strain in his upper back, a common injury for a pitcher. Team officials have monitored his return to throwing closely. "He's on track for his second bullpen session Tuesday," Soloff said. "He'll throw all his pitches. His next logical step would be a simulated game." Soloff said that game might occur either Thursday or Friday when the Indians are back in Cleveland. The team will make a decision on the simulated game after Betancourt's bullpen session Tuesday. If he stays on schedule, Betancourt would likely do a rehab stint in either Buffalo or Akron, though Soloff wasn't sure of when that would be or how long that rehab assignment would be. "We'll base that on how [Betancourt] responds to his second bullpen and his simulated game," Soloff said. "He's done well so far." Pronk's back: Travis Hafner returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out the game Saturday night with a viral infection. "The way I felt last night I just slept through the whole game," he said. "I got up like in the fourth inning, but I was pretty miserable yesterday." Soloff said Hafner looked the part, too. But a night of rest and plenty of fluids seemed to have worked wonders. So how was Hafner feeling Sunday morning? "Better," he said. On the move: The success of the Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs has the Indians on the move again. Their radio broadcast will shift Tuesday night from WTAM 1100 AM to WMMS 100.7 FM. Here's the question: Who holds the franchise record for most 200-hit seasons in a career? (See answer below) Miller's time: Reliever Matt Miller is making "predictable progress" roughly 11 days since surgery on his strained elbow. "He's getting his range of motion back," Soloff said. "The post-operative inflammation is decreasing substantially. He's progressing well." He said the 34-year-old Miller, who's on the 15-day disabled list, isn't likely to threw a baseball again for 12 weeks -- at the earliest. "People are optimistic that he'll make a full recovery," Soloff said. "It's somewhat of a challenge again -- or more of a challenge -- for a sidewinder or submarine pitcher with this type of injury. "But the surgery went well, and his progress has been very good up until this point." Quotable: "I don't generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench."
-- Baseball sage and Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige, who broke into the bigs with the Indians
Did you know? "Ancient Mariner" Jamie Moyer has pitched to three Boones during his Major League career. Aaron Boone became the third Boone when Moyer faced him here Friday night. The slow-tossing left-hander had earlier faced brother Bret and the Boone brothers' patriarch, Bob, during a 22-season career in the bigs.Tribe tidbits: Victor Martinez has reached base in 45 straight games, a streak that goes back to Sept. 17, 2005. Martinez, who hit a Major League-best .380 (100-for-263) in the second half of the '05 season, is hitting .377 (43-for-114) with five homers and 21 RBIs in 30 games. His batting average ranks third in the American League. ... Tribe fans can buy tickets to games at The Jake or any other stadium through the Internet at www.indians.com, at the Jacobs Field box office, at the seven Cleveland Indians Team Shops in Northeast Ohio and through the Ticketmaster.com phone center (1-866-48-TRIBE). ... In their last 21 games, the Indians are 9-12. ... The Indians have won 10 of their last 13 games in Safeco Field. .. The Indians are hitting .306 (108-for-353) from the seventh inning on and .326 (177-for-543) with runners on base. Against right-handed pitchers, the Tribe is hitting .315 this season. On this date: In 1999, the Tribe staged one of its all-time great comebacks when the club rallied from a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. The Indians scored 18 of their 20 runs in the final three innings. And the answer is: A pair of Hall of Famers share the record. Tris Speaker and Nap Lajoie both had three 200-hit seasons during their careers in Cleveland. On deck: Right-hander Paul Byrd will start the three-game series Monday night in Kansas City. Byrd (4-2, 7.11 ERA) will face Royals right-hander Denny Bautista in the 8:10 p.m. ET game at Kauffman Stadium.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.