CLEVELAND: The goods news for the Indians is that right-hander Joe Smith's demotion to Triple-A was not prompted by an inability to retire left-handed batters with his sidearm motion.
Lefties were only 1-for-78 against him, even though his overall earned-run average was a disappointing 7.71 in nine appearances, encompassing seven innings.
""We told him to go down and get that sinker going, so he can get more ground balls,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon.
Smith'[s replacemwent on the roster, Hector Ambriz, will be used in middle relief after bseing summoned from Columbuxs, swhere he was non a rehaqb assignmednt.
""We feel like we have to take a look at him,'' Acta said. ""We'll get him in there in the next couple of days and get his feet wet.''
Michael Brantley is beginning to heat up in Columbus. The novice outfielder who began the season as the Tribe's everyday left-fielder is batting .539 (7-for-13) the past three games for the Clippers.