CLEVELAND: Russell Branyan visited the Indians' clubhouse this morning to set up his locker, but he won't be using it to dress for games for awhile.
Branyan's rehabilitation assignment has been shifted from Columbus to Akron. Nothing sinister in the move. The club has no secret agenda. It's just that the Clippers are going on the road, and the Aeros will be playing at Canal Park through April 21.
In four Triple-A games, Branyan batted .286 (4-for-14) with two doubles. He has not played in a game for the Tribe all season because of a herniated disc.
Day game after a night game, a slumping offense, a desire to get the bench some at-bats -- pick your reason -- manager Manny Acta almost totally revised his lineup. Austin Kearns played left and batted fourth instead of Travis Hafner, who dropped to the fifth spot; Mark Grudzielanek took over at second base instead of Luis Valbuena; Andy Marte was at third in place of Jhonny Peralta, and Mike Redmond was behind the plate instead of Lou Marson.