Indians hurler leaves after eight pitches

Originally Published: June 25, 2004
Associated Press

Cleveland Indians: C.C. Sabathia left the Indians' game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday after the first inning in Cleveland.

The 6-foot-7 left-hander retired the side on eight pitches -- six for strikes -- and went to the dugout holding his left shoulder and moving his arm in a circular motion.

When the teams took the field to begin the second, rookie Kazuhito Tadano jogged from the Indians bullpen to the mound. Plate umpire Brian Knight allowed the right-hander as many warmup pitches as he needed.

The Indians announced that Sabathia had an irritated left biceps tendon, the same injury that sidelined him in April.

Sabathia (5-3) was scratched from a start against Kansas City at Jacobs Field on April 22 in similar fashion. He experienced discomfort that day while warming up in the bullpen and walked to the dugout rather than the mound.

He was diagnosed with an irritated left biceps tendon in the front of his shoulder and did not start again until May 1, when he allowed one run over seven innings in a no-decision against Baltimore.

On Monday, Sabathia allowed one run and five hits in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, just hours after attending the funeral of a close cousin.

  • The Indians also placed right-hander Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list, and recalled left-hander Jeriome Robertson from Triple-A Buffalo.

    The team released right-hander Jeff D'Amico from the 40-man roster to make room for infielder Aaron Boone, who was signed as a free agent Saturday.

    Betancourt (3-4), replaced by Jose Jimenez as the Indians' closer last month, has tendinitis in his right biceps.

    The right-hander allowed five runs in his last two appearances, covering 2 1/3 innings. Overall, the 28-year-old converted shortstop has given up 43 hits and 18 earned runs over 36 innings in 35 appearances.

    Robertson, who went 15-9 with a 5.10 ERA as a rookie last year for Houston, was acquired March 31 from the Astros for two minor league outfielders and assigned to Buffalo.

    The left-hander was called up April 20 when rookie Jason Stanford went on the disabled list with a strained left forearm. In one game with Cleveland, Robertson allowed eight runs -- five earned -- over 5 1/3 innings and he was sent back to Buffalo three days later.

    With the Bisons, Robertson was 4-5 with a 7.27 ERA in 14 appearances, including 12 starts.

    D'Amico was 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA in seven starts for the Indians this season.

    Detroit Tigers: Outfielder Alex Sanchez left Saturday night's 7-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a mild strain of his right hamstring.

    With a man on first and no outs in the fifth inning, Sanchez put down a bunt between the first-base line and mound that was fielded by first baseman Shea Hillenbrand. Sanchez twisted to avoid Hillenbrand as he lunged for the bag and was safe.

    Sanchez, listed as day to day, limped off the field and was replaced by Bobby Higginson.

    It was Sanchez's second bunt single of the game.

    He came in hitting. 317 with two homers, 19 RBIs and 18 stolen bases -- fourth-most in the AL.

    Also, utilityman Brandon Inge was placed on on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.

    Inge was originally in the lineup for Saturday's game against Arizona, but was replaced by Eric Munson during batting practice.

    Inge -- who has played catcher, third base, center field and left field this season -- was hurt in Friday night's game while trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

    The Tigers recalled catcher Mike DiFelice from Triple-A Toledo to take Inge's place on the roster.

    Kansas City Royals: Closer Jeremy Affeldt has either strained or torn muscles in his right rib cage and could be out as long as six weeks.

    The left-hander stabilized the bullpen after being shifted from the starting rotation. He got just one out in the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss to St. Louis before indicating to the bench that something was wrong.

    "The location is pretty consistent with where we normally see the oblique [muscle] problem, being on the front side when you pull down,'' trainer Nick Swartz said.

    "Best-case scenario, this is a muscle strain -- you're looking at a couple of weeks. Best case," Swartz said.

    "Worst case, it's an oblique in a pitcher. If there's any type of tearing there, you're probably looking at four to six weeks."

    Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays placed outfielder Frank Catalanotto on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right groin.

    The Blue Jays activated right-hander Kerry Ligtenberg from the 15-day DL. Ligtenberg, 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA, missed 13 games with a strained hip.

    Catalanotto has already missed 23 games with the injury this season, and it's the second time he's been placed on the DL because of it. He re-injured the groin June 17, and hasn't played since.

    Catalanotto is hitting .327 with one home run and 23 RBIs this season.

    The injury is the latest blow to the Blue Jays lineup, which is already missing first baseman Carlos Delgado and center fielder Vernon Wells. Delgado has been out since May 30 with a strained right ribcage muscle, while Wells has been sidelined since June 16 with a strained right calf.

    Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates placed first baseman Daryle Ward on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right thumb, and recalled outfielder Tony Alvarez from Triple-A Nashville.

    Ward was injured in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss to Cincinnati on Friday when he jammed his glove hand in a slight collision with Jason LaRue while trying to catch a throw from third baseman Rob Mackowiak.

    "I was little nervous last night, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be," said Ward, who had X-rays after the game. He's hitting .276 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 41 games, and hit for the cycle on May 26 at St. Louis.

    Alvarez was hitting .308 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 66 games with Nashville. He hit .308 in 14 games with the Pirates in 2002.

    Cincinnati Reds: Right-hander Aaron Harang was activated from the 15-day disabled in time to make his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

    Infielder Felipe Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Harang.

    Harang was 4-2 with a 5.43 ERA in 11 starts when he was placed on the disabled list June 4 with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

    The Reds sent Lopez down after shortstop Barry Larkin showed in pregame workouts that he recovered from the strained abdominal muscle that kept him out of the last six games. Larkin was placed in Saturday's starting lineup, and Lopez was optioned after hitting .152 in 18 games since being recalled June 1.

    "This will give him a chance to play every day," manager Dave Miley said.

    Texas Rangers: The Rangers placed right-hander R.A. Dickey on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained back.

    The move was retroactive to Friday, a day after he pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief. Dickey was first bothered by soreness during the team's last roadtrip.

    Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to take Dickey's spot. Rodriguez, who had an appendectomy April 17, made six starts in the minors but will work out of the bullpen for the Rangers.

    Dickey is 5-6 with a 5.90 ERA and made 13 starts for the Rangers before moving to the bullpen after losing his fifth straight on June 13 against St. Louis. He won in his first relief appearance of the season last weekend in Florida.


    Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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