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Borowski's move to DL has ripple effects in Akron; Lofgren told to chill

By sstorm Published: April 15, 2008

The ripple effect of the Indians putting closer Joe Borowski on the disabled list with an, um, right triceps injury (hey, I'm not the one making it up) on Tuesday reached into the low minors as the Aeros made another pair of roster moves before their 11-10 victory over visiting Binghamton (New York Mets).

Right-handed pitcher Bubbie Buzachero was sent to Triple-A Buffalo while another right-hander, Scott Roehl joined Akron from extended spring training.

Buzachero was 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four appearances with the Aeros. Over 4 1/3 innings, he allowed one run and struck out five.

Roehl made two scoreless appearances in Akron last year, which proved a much better stint than his previous two when he went 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA in seven games in 2006 and 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two games in 2005.

Drafted by the Indians in the 10th round of the 2003 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Roehl spent a majority of last season in high-Class A Kinston. In addition to an impressive 4-0 mark and 2.66 ERA, he led the Carolina League with 24 saves.

After Tuesday's lengthy game, struggling Aeros starter Chuck Lofgren was called into manager Mike Sarbaugh's office for a short closed-door meeting.

Although the left-hander didn't make it out of the fourth inning, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits (including a home run) and three walks, Sarbaugh opted for the patient approach.

"Even though he's in his second year here, Chuck's still young,'' Sarbaugh said of the 22-year-old. "He's just putting too much pressure on himself. He just needs to go out there and pitch like we know he can. I'm not concerned about Chuck, he's a good pitcher.''

Perhaps Sarbaugh's not too worried on an individual basis, but collectively, the young Akron pitching staff is giving up runs at an alarming rate. After allowing 10 runs on a season-high 16 hits, the Aeros hurlers rank second-to-last in the 12 team league with hefty 5.21 ERA. They've also given up a second-to-worst 114 hits and 13 home runs.

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