Game 15: Sizemore, Talbot, lineups

Guess who’s back?

The Indians activated some guy named Grady Sizemore from the disabled list today. He’s going to play center field and hit out of the leadoff spot, a couple of roles he’s filled nicely in the past for the Tribe.

In a surprise move, though, it was right-hander Mitch Talbot who was removed from the active roster to vacate a spot for Sizemore. So Travis Buck and Shelley Duncan — both with options — can breathe a little easier. For a couple more days anyway.

Talbot was sent to the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain. Only a couple days ago, Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that Talbot was feeling fine and slated to pitch Tuesday in K.C. Chatted with Talbot today, and even he thought he might be able to go Tuesday as recent as a couple days ago.

So what was the change?

Well, the Indians got the results of an MRI performed on Talbot’s pitching elbow. They found a strain — no structural damage — and the pitcher is expected to be sidelined for at least 3-4 weeks. Acta said today that righty Jeanmar Gomez is expected to get the call from Triple-A Columbus to take Talbot’s place on Tuesday.

Right now, Cleveland is operating with 14 position players and 11 pitchers. The team will go back to the normal 13-12 alignment once Gomez joins the club. That likely means either Buck or Duncan will be heading to the Minors.

Buck got the nod in left field on Sunday after a 3-for-4 showing in Saturday’s win. It’s just a day off for Michael Brantley, who has served as the leadoff man and center fielder in Sizemore’s absence. Brantley will be the regular left fielder now that Sizemore is back with the ballclub.

Here are today’s lineups…

Orioles (6-7) at Indians (10-4)
at Progressive Field, 1:05 p.m. ET

BALTIMORE
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Luke Scott, LF
6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
7. Felix Pie, CF
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Pitching: RHP Brad Bergesen (0-1)

CLEVELAND
1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Travis Buck, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitching: RHP Fausto Carmona (0-2)

–JB

3 Comments

This is the first time in this short season that I have second-guessed ManAct. I understand that Sizemore carries a certain implied role but when a player is out of the lineup for a calendar year then he has to earn (and hit) his way back to the top of the lineup. Hopefully this is simply a welcoming back experience in which case Grady moves down to the 7th or 9th slot in the order. Brantley has filled in admirably so far.

**FYI, I don’t care that Sizemore just hit a HR. He still doesn’t deserve to be in the leadoff spot. He isn’t the future at that spot, Brantley is.

This is a mistake IMO.

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Trade Carmona, Sizemore and Hafner!! Whats going on with the indians trying to get rid of the cheif wahoo logo?

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