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06/01/10 8:42 PM ET

Indians claim Lindsay off waivers from Yanks

DETROIT -- The Indians found something to do with the open roster spot that was bound to be created by Grady Sizemore's move to the 60-day disabled list. They're taking a chance on right-hander Shane Lindsay.

The Tribe claimed Lindsay off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday and optioned him to Class A Kinston. Lindsay will actually head to the Tribe's complex in Goodyear, Ariz., for extended spring, as he hasn't pitched in several weeks.

Lindsay, 25, began this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs after being optioned out of the Rockies' big league camp in mid-March. He was 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA in 14 appearances for the Sky Sox. The Yankees claimed him on May 14 after he was removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster, and he hadn't pitched in a game in New York's system.

A Melbourne, Australia, native, Lindsay has made 100 career appearances in the Minors, including 41 starts. He is 18-13 with a 3.48 ERA. He has never pitched in the Majors.

Indians likely to face Strasburg

DETROIT -- Barring rain, injury, a rotation shakeup or any of the many other factors that make baseball so unpredictable, the Indians will be the second team in baseball to get a look at phenom Stephen Strasburg.

The 21-year-old Strasburg, who was taken by the Nationals with the No. 1 pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft and signed to a record $15.1 million contract, is expected to make his Major League debut against the Pirates on June 8. That would put him in line to make his second start June 13 at Progressive Field.

"It would be fun to see what all the hype is about," Tribe center fielder Trevor Crowe said. "The numbers he's put up in the Minors [6-2, 1.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings] are no joke."

A Strasburg sighting could be just what the Indians need for an attendance boost. The Tribe has the lowest average attendance (15,565) in all of baseball. The chance to see Strasburg in action could be intriguing enough to put a few more fans in the seats.

Indians manager Manny Acta, however, felt it was too early to even discuss the Strasburg situation, knowing how much can change between now and then.

"But I've got news for you," Acta said. "I'd rather face him than Ubaldo Jimenez right now."

Acta remembers Robertson

DETROIT -- Manny Acta remembers Jeriome Robertson as a happy-go-lucky, shorts- and sandal-clad California guy living out his dream of playing professional baseball.

Hearing about the 33-year-old Robertson's death was a shock.

"I probably managed him more than anybody," said Acta, who managed Robertson in the Astros' system at Class A Quad Cities in 1997 and at Class A Kissimmee in '98 and 2000. "I even took him to winter ball with me one year in Venezuela. ... He was just a great kid. I enjoyed managing him. He was full of life and very competitive."

What made the Robertson news even more shocking to Acta was that it was paired with the recent loss of Jose Lima, whom Acta considered a friend. All three men were in the Mets' Major League camp in 2006.

Robertson pitched in parts of three seasons with the Astros and Indians. He went 16-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 51 appearances, and he played in 12 Minor League seasons. He died late Saturday night after a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Exeter, Calif.

Worth noting

As expected, the Indians confirmed David Huff as their probable starter for Thursday's game in Detroit. Huff threw a bullpen session in New York on Monday, just two days after being struck in the head by an Alex Rodriguez line drive. ... The Indians are still waiting for word from Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., on an exact date for Grady Sizemore's impending left knee surgery. Steadman will perform a scope of the knee, with the potential to perform a more serious procedure at the same time, depending on the stability of the cartilage in Sizemore's knee. ... Andy Marte, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of an infected ingrown hair on his stomach, has initiated baseball activities and could be ready to go out on a rehab assignment by the end of the week. ... Right-hander Anthony Reyes, recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, is about a week away from pitching in simulated games at the Indians' complex in Goodyear, Ariz., and about four to six weeks away from appearing in Minor League games, according to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff. ... The Indians went 9-18 in May, recording an ERA of 5.47, the worst mark in the American League. The bullpen was 2-7 with a 6.36 ERA for the month. ... For more news, notes and analysis, 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.