Indians second baseman Josh Barfield and Tribe catcher Victor Martinez are expected to join the Aeros on rehabilitation assignments beginning Thursday.
Barfield, who underwent ligament surgery on his left middle finger June 17, is expected to play three innings at second base Thursday against the Connecticut Defenders (San Francisco Giants).
Martinez, who is recovering from right elbow surgery and a strained left hamstring, will join the team Friday in time for the weekend series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins). But he isn't expected to catch. Instead, the former Aero and 2002 Eastern League MVP is scheduled to DH Friday and Sunday with an off day in between.
ODDS & ENDS:
* Indians general manager Mark Shapiro took in his first game of the season Wednesday at Canal Park, watching from the stands behind home plate.
* A night after snapping an 0-for-16 skid, Aeros catcher Wyatt Toregas was a late scratch from the lineup an hour before the game with a sore elbow. He is expected to get it checked out Thursday.
* A players-only meeting was called before Wednesday's batting practice. Odds are it probably had a lot to do with the team losing the 7.5-game lead in the Southern Division they owned July 12 as Bowie pulled ahead by a game in the division standings with a win Wednesday.
* Left-hander Scott Lewis, the reigning E.L. Pitcher of the Week, was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday, and is expected to join the team Thursday.