05/24/10 7:53 PM ET
Sizemore to get second, third opinions
Indians center fielder to visit doctors in Colorado, New York
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Acta, Carmona saddened by Lima's death
CLEVELAND -- The untimely death of former All-Star pitcher Jose Lima at the age of 37 on Sunday deeply saddened two members of the Indians who knew Lima on a personal and professional level.Manager Manny Acta and right-hander Fausto Carmona had both just seen Lima when the Indians were in Anaheim last month. The three men are all natives of the Dominican Republic. Acta was the third-base coach when Lima pitched for the Mets in 2006, and Carmona was Lima's teammate in winter ball at Aguilas over the past winter. "He was always upbeat and funny," Acta said. "He was the kind of guy who, if you didn't know him, might rub you the wrong way with some of his eccentric actions on the field. But he didn't have a mean bone in his body." Lima played a part in Carmona's resurgent season. It was Lima who first suggested to Carmona -- who remembered Lima as "always laughing" -- that he move to the first-base side of the rubber to improve his command of the strike zone. "He was very happy to see Fausto doing well," Acta said. "He felt he was able to help out by talking to him in winter ball."
Crowe making most of opportunity
CLEVELAND -- When the Indians made their final roster cuts during Spring Training, Manny Acta said one of the toughest decisions made was the one to send Trevor Crowe back to Triple-A Columbus.In his first exposure to the big leagues last season, Crowe didn't do much to live up to the promise of being a No. 1 pick in the 2005 Draft, as he hit just .235 with a .611 OPS in 68 games. But the newly appointed Acta liked Crowe's energy and athleticism and felt he could help this club. Fast forward a couple of months, and Crowe is the Indians' regular center fielder and leadoff man, as a result of the injuries to Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera. He's making the most of the opportunity, batting .324 (12-for-37) with five runs scored, a double, a homer and seven RBIs in nine games. Acta said there's a lot to like about Crowe. "The fact that he's a switch-hitter with speed," Acta said, "that's something that's not out there in the game anymore. ... This is a perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do."
Travis Hafner was given the night off Monday. Matt LaPorta filled in as the designated hitter. ... Following the weekend series against the Reds, the Indians are now 114-118 all-time in Interleague Play, with a 12-27 mark over the past three years. ... Entering Monday, reliever Chris Perez has not allowed an earned run in his past 14 outings, a span of 12 1/3 innings. ... Double-A Akron left-hander Scott Barnes was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after delivering five no-hit innings and earning his first win last Tuesday against Altoona. ... For more news, notes and analysis of all things Indians, visit the CastroTurf blog.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.