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05/27/08 7:20 PM ET
Marte to get some starts for Indians
With Tribe needing some offense, third baseman in lineup
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Eric Wedge has tried everything else. He might as well try Andy Marte. In discussing his ongoing inability to find a lineup that gels, Wedge told reporters before Tuesday's game against the White Sox, in which Marte made just his ninth start of the season at third base, that Marte will be in the lineup with regularity this week. "He's the one guy who hasn't had much of a chance to play," Wedge said. Marte has been on the club since Opening Day, yet has appeared in just 12 games. He entered Tuesday batting .115 (3-for-26) with two walks and six strikeouts. The Indians have kept the 24-year-old Marte on their big league roster this season because he is out of Minor League options and they haven't wanted to expose him to waivers. Casey Blake, who is batting .221 with three homers and a team-high 27 RBIs, has received the vast majority of the starts at third base. Blake has also played right field and first base in recent years, and he could see more time at those other positions. The Indians are also currently without the services of designated hitter Travis Hafner, who is hobbled by a sore right shoulder. "Casey's versatile enough [to move around]," Wedge said. "And now we've got the DH spot to play with." Wedge wouldn't say how long he intends to experiment with Marte.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.