7/12/2014 8:45 P.M. ET
Sore hamstring keeps Dickerson on the bench
By Alec Shirkey / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Chris Dickerson was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup after he complained of left hamstring soreness following Friday night's game. Indians manager Terry Francona, however, does not consider the injury anything serious and even hinted that the outfielder could be available in a pinch.
"He was a little bit sore last night," Francona said. "That was one of those things where we could have held the lineup.
"He may even get in the game today."
Utility man Mike Aviles replaced Dickerson in left field and batted ninth. Aviles has played sparingly lately -- making just seven appearances since June 20 -- so the team was far from hesitant to give the 33-year-old a few at-bats before the All-Star break.
"I want Mikey to play [on Sunday], too," Francona said. "I think when Mikey plays a couple games in a row, it's really good for him. And [Ryan] Raburn this way can be available if they bring in a lefty. And he'll play tomorrow, too. So we'll cover our guys going into the break."
Dickerson has gotten off to a fast start at the plate since being acquired in a trade with the Pirates on Monday -- a move sparked by Michael Bourn suffering another hamstring injury. Dickerson has gone 8-for-17 through five games and has at least one hit in each game.
"He's done a really good job. He's been on base a ton," Francona said. "When a guy goes down and somebody fills in and gets hot, it really helps. I think it's two-fold. It's not just Dickerson, [Jason Kipnis] leading off has been just as important."
Tribe acquires Maronde; Giambi to 60-day DL
CLEVELAND -- The Tribe brought another southpaw into the fold on Saturday, acquiring left-handed reliever Nick Maronde from the Angels in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Designated hitter Jason Giambi (left knee inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Maronde, 24, allowed nine runs in 6 1/3 innings with the Angels this season, while posting a 10.50 ERA in 18 outings across stints with Triple-A Salt Lake, Double-A Arkansas and the Arizona League Angels. The former 2011 third-round Draft choice and University of Florida product claims a career 3.23 ERA, 227 strikeouts and 105 walks over four seasons in the Minors.
Maronde will be optioned to one of Cleveland's Minor League affiliates, though which one has yet to be determined.
Tribe manager Terry Francona believes that Giambi, who hit the DL on June 12 with the left knee injury, could play again this season. But with Nick Swisher already handling DH duties and the team carrying two catchers with Carlos Santana playing first base full time, Giambi's role has essentially been overtaken.
"We've actually talked to G, probably will again," Francona said before Saturday's game. "It's a situation we knew when we signed G. Fortunately, he gets it. Not all players do. He always knows that the team comes first."
Giambi is hitting .128 with a pair of homers in 15 games. The 43-year-old has made three separate trips to the DL this season, due to a fractured rib, a right calf strain and the current knee injury.
Quote to note
"We do have a ton of versatility that we appreciate. But it's not just the fact that the guys can move around, play different positions and hit in different parts of the lineup. It's that they're willing to do it."
--Francona, on the flexibility of his players this season
• Injured right-hander Justin Masterson (right knee inflammation) threw off the mound in another light bullpen session on Friday, working exclusively on his two-seam and four-seam fastballs. The team still expects the veteran to return after the All-Star break.
"When Masty's really good, he has a two-seamer, four-seamer and a breaking ball," Francona said. "We're trying to start at the beginning -- almost like Spring Training. We're trying to build up."
• Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, after being designated for assignment earlier in the week. Lowe has a 3.86 ERA in seven games with the Tribe this season.
• Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game at Progressive Field. Fellow Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel had been scheduled to do so last month, but a rain delay cancelled all pregame events.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.