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04/16/09 2:26 PM ET
Crowe proving versatile for Indians
Last-minute addition has seen regular playing time early on
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- So much for Trevor Crowe's first exposure to the big leagues exposing him primarily to the bench. Crowe, a last-minute addition to the big league roster when David Dellucci strained his left calf muscle, has been thrust into a veritable regular starting role in the early going this season. His start in left field against the Yankees on Thursday marked his fifth in the Tribe's first 10 games. "The only thing I've ever wanted," Crowe said, "is to get the opportunity to prove myself." He's had that opportunity to this point. He took advantage of it in a big way with a two-run double in the Tribe's first victory of the season on Sunday. That double was Crowe's only big hit in his first four games, but manager Eric Wedge likes the flexibility Crowe's presence provides. On Tuesday in Kansas City, Wedge was able to give Grady Sizemore a start at designated hitter by using Crowe in center field. Wedge also likes having two switch-hitters -- Crowe and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera -- at the bottom of the order. "The switch-hitting thing is real," Wedge said. "[Crowe] is doing a great job. He's learning every day. He brings energy, athleticism, quickness and speed."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.