Wood to resume as closer after DL stay
Veteran to take back role from Perez after blister issues pass
CLEVELAND -- There will be no Indians closer controversy when Kerry Wood returns from the disabled list.
Manager Manny Acta said Monday that Wood will reclaim his role in the back of the Cleveland bullpen once he's healthy enough to do so.
The 33-year-old right-hander, on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 12 with a blister on his right index finger, threw a successful bullpen session Sunday. He is slated to throw another side Tuesday, the results of which should dictate how soon he rejoins the Tribe.
"We need to see how the finger responds," Acta said. "Then we'll go from there."
Chris Perez has assumed the closer's role in Wood's absence, converting a pair of saves. The 25-year-old righty also filled in for Wood to begin the season while the veteran recovered from a strained right lat muscle.
Wood, a candidate to be moved at Saturday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, is 8-for-11 in save situations this year. Perez has nine saves in 12 opportunities.
"Whenever Kerry's ready, he'll close," Acta said. "But Chris is not going anywhere."
Choo up for Heart and Hustle Award
CLEVELAND -- Shin-Soo Choo's all-out approach earned him some special praise Monday night.
The Indians right fielder has been selected by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association as a preliminary recipient of the 2010 Heart and Hustle Award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
Choo, batting .292 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs though 81 games this season, was recognized in a presentation prior to Monday's series opener against the Yankees at Progressive Field.
The MLBPAA formed committees that chose one player from each big league team based on passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated on and off the field. The overall Heart and Hustle Award winner will be announced Nov. 5 at the 11th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.
Rehabbing Reyes focused on return to Majors
CLEVELAND -- One year removed from Tommy John surgery, Anthony Reyes just wants to pitch in the Major Leagues again.
Not much else matters to the Indians right-hander, who will start for Double-A Akron on Tuesday in his third rehabilitation outing.
Reyes is slated to throw three innings, or approximately 50 pitches.
"Right now, I just have to focus on preparing myself to go out there and make sure I don't try to do too much, just because I haven't been out there for a long time," said Reyes, who last appeared in a Major League game on May 22, 2009.
"As long as I make pitches, the command and the velocity will come eventually. It's basically just about getting the feel back and getting those innings under my belt. Feeling good afterwards is the most important thing for me."
Manager Manny Acta said Reyes -- who went 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in eight starts last year -- could rejoin the Tribe later this season, either as a starter or a reliever.
"That's the goal," Reyes said. "I just need to make sure I stay healthy and go through the [rehab] process the best I can. I just want to come back. That's basically my goal."
Acta has high hopes for debuting Tomlin
CLEVELAND -- The Indians have seen enough of Josh Tomlin dominating at the Minor League level.
Now they'd like to see him do it in the bigs.
Tomlin will be called up from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday to start against CC Sabathia and the Yankees at Progressive Field.
Manager Manny Acta is looking forward to the Major League debut of Tomlin, a 25-year-old right-hander who has forced his way onto the Tribe's radar.
"He's worked himself to this point," Acta said of Tomlin, a 19th-round selection out of Texas Tech University in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. "He doesn't get attention because of his velocity, but if you can change speeds consistently, you have a chance."
Tomlin went 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA through 20 appearances (17 starts) for the Clippers this season.
"The numbers speak for themselves," Acta said. "But they need to be challenged, and this is the next step. Is he going to be facing better hitters here? Yes. But he also knows how to pitch."
Indians outfielder Austin Kearns did not start for the fifth time in six games Monday. Manager Manny Acta said Kearns received stitches in his knee after getting spiked in Saturday's contest against the Rays. Kearns had been suffering from knee soreness that resulted from an outfield dive July 17. ... Cleveland relievers began Monday having yielded 16 runs in their past 69 1/3 innings of work. ... Triple-A Columbus outfielder Jordan Brown entered Monday tied for seventh in the International League with 56 RBIs, despite beginning his season April 29 after undergoing knee surgery in Spring Training. ... For more on the Indians, visit the CastroTurf blog.
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.