The Cleveland Indians just announced in a press release that outfielder David Dellucci is being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Rich Rundles, who was brought up for one game to relieve an exhausted pitching staff, will return to Columbus.
Dellucci, who was placed on the disabled list due to a strained left calf March 30, Has spent the last 10 days on a rehab assignment at Triple A Columbus. While playing for the Clippers, Dellucci hit .414 (12-29) in seven games. He has struck out four times, walked three times and driven in two runs, while hitting safely in every game.
The addition of Dellucci's left-handed bat should help offset the loss of designated hitter Travis Hafner, who recently went on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Delucci will be in the starting lineup tonight as the designated hitter, hitting in the seventh spot.
Dellucci, who is in the last year of a three-year $11.5 million contract, has been somewhat of a dissapointment so far with the Tribe.
In his first two season with the Indians Dellucci has played the equivalent of one season (514 at bats) and has had around a .230 batting average with 15 homers and roughly a 300 OBP.
Dellucci’s numbers from the last two seasons:
514 at bats
The roster moves reduce the number of pitchers on the 25-man roster to 13 and give the Indians five outfielders on the roster.