MINNEAPOLIS -- Suddenly, Drew Sutton is a regular for the Indians.That wasn't expected when Sutton was called up to the club last week, after Jason Donald went down with a bruised right index finger. But with Sutton performing well and Asdrubal Cabrera missing a couple days with a strained left wrist, Sutton has not only been in the lineup but in the No. 2 spot, which is where he hit for Wednesday's finale against the Twins.
The shortstop was 0-for-3 with one walk and scored a run in a 5-1 loss to the Twins.
"I'm just trying to have good at-bats," said Sutton, who was 7-for-20 in his first five games with the Tribe. "When you play a lot of different positions, you're just trying to make the routine plays and hopefully something good will happen on the tougher plays. I'm just trying to keep it as simple as I can, swing at strikes and have good at-bats." The Indians plucked Sutton off waivers from the Reds last month after he became the victim of a numbers game in Cincinnati. He had appeared in 42 games for the Reds in '09, but the team had a glut of infielders. After bouncing around between the infield and outfield at Triple-A Columbus, Sutton joined the Tribe when Donald, who will have another visit with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Thursday, went down. Cabrera was out of the lineup a second straight day after rolling his wrist in Monday's game and will also see Graham on Thursday, though his injury is not expected to keep him out much longer. Sutton, meanwhile, will just take the starts when they come.
Indians poised to make two callups
MINNEAPOLIS -- The last of the callups are coming to the Indians, now that the Columbus Clippers have wrapped up their Triple-A national championship title.Right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano and catcher Luke Carlin will join the Tribe on Thursday, when the Indians open up their final homestand of the season against the Royals. Neither player is on the 40-man roster, which is currently full, so the Indians will have to make two corresponding moves Thursday. Pestano is an intriguing addition, as he is coming off a dominant season as the Columbus closer. He was 1-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 14 saves in 43 regular season appearances, and he allowed one run in five innings over five games in the playoffs. Over his past 24 games in the regular season, he saved 10 games and had a 0.71 ERA. "We wanted to take a look at Vinnie," manager Manny Acta said. "Our Minor League staff really likes his stuff, and he could be a factor down the road. I don't know how many innings he'll be able to get with only so many games left. But we can get a feel for him since we didn't see him in Spring Training." It is fairly standard for clubs to promote a third catcher in September, so that's where Carlin, who just joined the organization last month, comes into the picture. The 29-year-old Carlin was acquired from the Pirates on Aug. 10 and hit .231 with two homers and six RBIs in 13 games for the Clippers. He went 7-for-20 in seven playoff games. Carlin has appeared in 46 Major League games for the Padres (2008) and D-backs ('09). Including Pestano and Carlin, the Indians will have promoted seven players this month. Acta made it clear the Indians weren't going to promote anybody they didn't think they could give meaningful opportunities to.
Acta praises Twins' AL Central title
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians were front-row spectators for the Twins' American League Central championship-clinching victory Tuesday night. Manager Manny Acta hopes the experience proves to be a good thing for his team down the road."Playing relevant games at the end of the season helps these kids, regardless," Acta said. "Even when you're on the receiving end of it, at some point down the road, if you're able to go through it, you can handle it. There's no substitute for experience." The Twins have plenty of that. This is their second consecutive Central title and their sixth in the past nine years. Acta said he has nothing but respect for the Twins. "They do things right," he said. "They're classy, professional ... They wear their uniform right. Guys are not wearing their uniform raggedy and looking like clowns. They do things right."
Asdrubal Cabrera (left wrist strain) played catch before Wednesday's game and was feeling better. He suffered the injury Monday night, in pursuit of a Michael Cuddyer grounder. ... Travis Hafner took a second-half average of .326 and OPS of .903 into Wednesday's game. ... Triple-A Columbus, which defeated Tacoma by a 12-6 count to win the Triple-A title Tuesday night, outscored its opponents, 71-30, in nine playoff games.