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Roster moves R' us

By Sheldon Published: July 31, 2009

CLEVELAND: The Indians' roster will undergo more changes in the wake of the trades of Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez.

Wyatt Toregas will report to Progressive Field today from Columbus and join Kelly Shoppach to form the Tribe's tandem of catchers. He will take Martinez's place on the roster.

Right-hander Justin Masterson also is scheduled to arrive today from Boston, but no announcement was made as to whose place he will take on the roster. More than likely, he will replace someone in the bullpen and make a few relief appearances as he builds up his arm to become a starter.

Toregas was batting .284 with seven homers and 29 RBI in 60 games.

Called up Friday from the Clippers were outfielder Trevor Crowe and Fausto Carmona, who started against the Tigers. Crowe was batting .302 with two homers, 20 RBI and 14 steals in 182 at-bats.

It might not be long until Jake Westbrook (Tommy John surgery) is back in the Tribe rotation.

"We feel like it will be a couple of weeks before he is on a major-league mound,'' assistant General Manager Chris Antonetti said.

PROGRESS REPORT -- Akron catcher Carlos Santana isn't scheduled to make the Indians' roster until 2011 or late in 2010, but in some respects, GM Mark Shapiro thinks he's ready now.

"He could hit now,'' Shapiro said. "But we need to finish off his skills at calling a game and receiving. His hitting is far ahead of the rest of his game.''

Santana is batting .280 with 19 home runs and 75 RBI. In his past 17 games, he is batting .317 with 20 RBI.

BAD TIMING -- Tonight, the Indians will give the fans Victor Martinez bobblehead dolls.

The mistimed promotion is reminiscent of a similar incident in 2000, when Bob Wickman was traded from the Brewers to the Tribe. The night after the deal, Milwaukee handed out Wickman bobbleheads.

FARM FACTS -- Michael Brantley and Josh Barfield each had two hits and two RBI, as Columbus defeated Lehigh Valley 5-4... Marty Popham gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, striking out nine, but Mahoning Valley lost 4-2 to Auburn.

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