04/13/09 8:05 PM ET
Laffey to start for Tribe on Wednesday
Indians taking wait-and-see approach to Lewis' fill-in
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
With Scott Lewis sidelined because of a mild forearm strain near the left elbow, Indians manager Eric Wedge revealed prior to Monday's game in Kansas City that Laffey will be summoned to start Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
"[Laffey] was in the competition there toward the end [of Spring Training] with Scottie," Wedge said. "We felt like he deserves first shot at it. I know he wasn't particularly pleased when we sent him out, so he'll get an opportunity to come up here and show us."
Laffey made one start at Columbus, allowing six hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He'll start against the Royals on three days' rest, but Wedge said the left-hander should be fine because he was limited to about 60 pitches in his Columbus start.
"It was real good early, then not so good later on," Wedge said of Laffey's Triple-A outing.
Wedge said the Indians will make their corresponding move to accommodate Laffey's spot on the roster following Tuesday's game.
"That's something we're still up in the air with," Wedge said.
The Indians considered filling the starter's void with reliever Zach Jackson, who made nine starts in 2008.
"You want to continue to keep your starting options open," Wedge said. "Between now and then, I think there's going to be some value to having Jackson available in the bullpen."
Laffey went 5-7 with a 4.23 ERA in 16 starts for Cleveland last season. In May, he burst into full prominence by winning American League Rookie of the Month honors. Laffey went 3-2 for the month, with an 0.79 ERA. Opponents hit just .220 against him over a span of 34 innings.
The Indians aren't making any commitments to Laffey beyond Wednesday's start.
"He's going to make his first start and we'll evaluate our situation from there," Wedge said.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.