Rain prompts Tribe to call up Sowers
Left-hander to make spot start on Friday against the Reds
CLEVELAND -- Following Saturday night's game, the Indians bit the bullet and decided to take the risk of carrying just 11 pitchers.Then they got rained out Sunday, prompting Monday's doubleheader and the possibility of the need for that extra arm. "That's baseball," manager Eric Wedge said with a shrug. "That's the nature of the beast. If we have to run through some people [Monday], we'll make adjustments [Tuesday]." Teams generally like to carry seven relievers for just such an emergency, but the Indians don't regret optioning seldom-used right-hander Tom Mastny to call up outfielder Jason Tyner. "We sent Mastny down for the right reasons," Wedge said, "and that was to get Tom going so he can pitch and help us as a ballclub." But as a result of the rainout, the Indians are going to need some extra help in their rotation. And they'll once again be calling on left-hander Jeremy Sowers. Sowers will be promoted for Friday's start at Great American Ball Park, against the Reds. It will be the second spot start of the season for Sowers, who gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on April 26. After his brutal '07, in which he lost his job in the Tribe's starting rotation, Sowers has rebounded well in '08. At Triple-A Buffalo, he was 2-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six outings, entering Monday's start at Rochester. Sowers had held the opposition to a .209 average against and struck out 24 batters while walking 14 in 36 2/3 innings. Of course, to bring Sowers up Friday, the Indians will have to make a move elsewhere. What will that move be? "We're right in the middle of that right now," Wedge said. "Hit me up [Tuesday], and I'll give you another non-answer. Hit me up the next day, and I'll give you an answer. Let's see how we get through [Monday] and see where we are from there, in regards to our personnel." Rain has affected the Indians' rotation quite a bit this season. If not for the rained-out game against the Royals on April 23, Sowers might still be in the rotation and Aaron Laffey (1-2, 1.83 ERA in three starts) might still be in Triple-A Buffalo. But as Wedge said, that's baseball, and that's the nature of the beast.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.