KANSAS CITY, Mo.: With the Columbus Clippers having wrapped up the International League championship series Friday night, the Indians have recalled left-hander Aaron Laffey.
Laffey has been at Triple-A since Aug. 31, when he came off the disabled list. Laffey was placed on the DL July 23 with left shoulder fatigue, which no longer is an issue.
""His velocity is back up to the high '80s,'' manager Manny Acta said today.
While he was with the Clippers, Laffey made 10 appearances, six out of the bullpen, and posted a 3.67 earned-run average in 27 innings. As a member of the Tribe's staff earlier in the season, he was 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 outings, including five starts.
The current issue with Laffey is whether it's time for him to make a career change: from starter to reliever.
""He's a reliever right now,'' Acta said. ""We'll sit down as an organization after the season and plan everything out and see where that takes us.''
After beating Durham three games to one in the International League championship series, the Clippers will play one more game against Pacific Coast League winner Tacoma on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The winner of that game can claim to be the champion of all Triple-A.
Following the game, the Tribe will call up additional players for the last week and a half of the season.