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Brantley, Lewis officially on the team

By Sheldon Published: March 31, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Michael Brantley and Jensen Lewis were summoned to manager Manny Acta's office this morning and told that they had made the team.

""I obviously had a good spring, and they liked what they saw,'' said Brantley, who is batting .333 in 45 at-bats. ""I officially made the team, so this is a great day.''

Presumably, he will be the starting left fielder, but Brantley said he had been told that yet.

Lewis came to camp with no assurance he would be in the Indians' bullpen, but Wednesday he revealed that Acta had awarded him the sixth spot in the relief corps.

In seven spring appearances, Lewis has allowed four runs, 11 hits and one walk in nine innings.

""I knew I did the work in the off season,'' Lewis said.

Asked how he might be used, Lewis said, ""With Woodsie (Kerry Wood) out, the phone can ring and you just get up.''

For now, Lewis will be in the mix of middle relievers Tony Sipp, Rafael Perez, Joe Smith and Aaron Laffey. Eventually, they will sort themselves out to pitch in certain roles.

In other moves, Jeremy Sowers cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus. Wyatt Toregas and Trevor Crowe were optioned to Triple-A.


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