CLEVELAND -- When Aaron Laffey comes back from left shoulder fatigue, he'll do so as a reliever.The Indians don't see the point in stretching Laffey back out as a starter at this late juncture of the season. Laffey, who began the season in the Tribe bullpen and transitioned back to starting work on late May, has been on the disabled list since July 23 with the fatigue, which he has said is attributable to the midseason role change. Laffey, who threw a bullpen session Friday, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Lake County. Manager Manny Acta said he hasn't seen enough of Laffey as a starter to determine whether that's his true future, but he does like him as a reliever. "He's able to give us multiple innings, and he can face lefties and righties with that sinker he has," Acta said. "But versatility is good for our organization." Laffey is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 appearances, including five starts, this season.
Hafner feeling no pain in shoulder
CLEVELAND -- The Indians were to determine either Saturday night or Sunday morning whether designated hitter Travis Hafner will go on a Minor League rehab assignment as part of his return from right shoulder inflammation.The man known as Pronk took batting practice for a second straight day Saturday and reported no issues with the shoulder, which has given him fits the last three seasons and required arthroscopic surgery in 2008. Hafner even scheduled Saturday's BP around the rain to ensure he got it in. "I watched the Weather Channel," he said proudly. Hafner, who didn't pick up a bat for nearly a week after getting placed on the DL on Aug. 3, said the inflammation in the shoulder has gone down. "That's what was causing the weakness and fatigue," he said. "It feels good now." Manager Manny Acta told reporters before Saturday's game that Hafner might be able to rejoin the club without going on a rehab assignment. Hafner was eligible to come off the DL on Saturday, because the DL move was retroactive to July 29. Pronk is batting .267 with a .798 OPS this season.
Tribe inks 10th-round Draft pick Holt
CLEVELAND -- The Indians signed their 10th-round Draft pick, outfielder Tyler Holt from Florida State. Holt received a $500,000 bonus and will report to Lake County.A first-team All-ACC selection this past season, Holt led the Seminoles in batting average (.355) while scoring 87 runs, hitting 26 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 48 RBIs. He was also 30-for-33 in stolen bases. The Indians have signed 20 picks from the 2010 Draft and are still in the negotiation process with top pick Drew Pomeranz, a lefty from Ole Miss. No. 2 pick LeVon Washington, No. 3 pick Tony Wolters and No. 4 pick Kyle Blair are all also unsigned. The Tribe has until midnight ET on Monday to sign the remaining picks.
To make room for Mitch Talbot's return to the active roster and the rotation Saturday, the Indians optioned right-handed reliever Jess Todd back to Triple-A Columbus. Todd was promoted Tuesday but did not make any appearances this week. He has a 7.50 ERA in five appearances in the Majors this year. ... Double-A Akron second baseman Jason Kipnis has hit .389 with eight doubles, four triples, four homers and 20 RBIs in his last 26 games. ... For more on the Tribe, visit the CastroTurf blog.