07/07/10 8:30 PM ET
Nix fitting right in with Tribe
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
LaPorta deemed not ready to return to lineup
ARLINGTON -- Matt LaPorta passed his neuropsychological test and began doing some very light cardio exercises, but he was still not deemed ready to return to the Indians' lineup on Wednesday night.LaPorta, who suffered a head contusion when Elvis Andrus' elbow clipped him in the back of the head on Monday night, was expected to do a little more cardio work before Wednesday's game. But as far as getting back on the field is concerned, manager Manny Acta said it is a "day to day" situation. "Our medical staff thought it's not the best thing to get him out there just yet," Acta said. "We want to give him as much time as he needs." LaPorta said he has not suffered any headaches the last two days. "Everything's good," he said. "I don't know exactly when I'll be back in the lineup." LaPorta was hot before the injury, batting .333 (10-for-33) with four homers and nine RBIs in nine games since his June 27 recall from Triple-A Columbus.
A look at the Sabathia trade two years later
ARLINGTON -- Wednesday marked the two-year anniversary of one of the biggest trades in Tribe history -- the deal that sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers for a package of four Minor Leaguers.With Sabathia, a workhorse in the front of their rotation, the Brewers reached the postseason for the first time in 25 years, only to be bounced in the first round by the Phillies. Sabathia left in free agency, and the Brewers did not receive any first-round Draft pick compensation for him. They did, however, receive two second-round picks, and they used them to take outfielders Kentrail Davis and Maxwell Walla. The Indians are just now getting a real gauge on what they acquired, as Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta (once he's recovered from Monday's head contusion) are getting their first legit opportunities to play every day at one position. LaPorta is batting .242 in the big leagues this season but .333 with four homers since his recall from Columbus on June 27. Brantley is 1-for-his-last-18 in the Majors this year. LaPorta said he doesn't feel added pressure to live up to the hype of being a high-profile trade acquisition. "At the time [of the trade], I did," he said. "But not now. I think people have already pretty much forgotten about it." The Indians also received right-handed reliever Rob Bryson, who had shoulder surgery in 2008 and is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 11 appearances since a recent promotion from Class A Lake County to High-A Kinston. Left-hander Zach Jackson, considered a throw-in at the time of the deal, made 12 appearances for the Tribe over the '08 and '09 seasons and is now in the Blue Jays' farm system.
In the 10 games leading into Wednesday's action, the Indians had scored 42 runs, with 21 coming from home runs. They hit 14 homers in that span. ... The Indians have lost nine of their last 12 road games. ... For more on the Tribe, visit the CastroTurf blog.