CLEVELAND: Utility middle infielder Mark Grudzielanek, who missed the past two games because of a strained hamstring, was abruptly cut loose by the Indians today.
""It was going to be a DL situation with Grudzielanek,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""We needed a roster spot, some flexibility. We needed another guy who can play shortstop, so we don't have to run (Jason) Donald out there every day. This will also give us the opportunity to play Donald at second base.''
Had the Tribe placed Grudzielanek on the 15-day disabled list, the club could have called up a player from Triple-A, as long as he was on the 40-man roster. But to summon a player who was not on the 40-man, Grudzielanek would have had to go on the 60-day DL.
As it was, the man Acta wanted from Columbus was Anderson Hernandez, 27, who was claimed on waivers from the Mets during spring training and spent a couple of weeks in the Indians' camp. Hernandez has big league experience at both second and short. Defense is his specialty.
Hernandez was not on the 40-man roster, which is why Grudzielanek had to go.
""He was doing OK down there; he was playing decent,'' Acta said of Hernandez, who was batting .234 in 47 games with the Clippers. ""We need a guy who can play up the middle, and he's caspable of doing that.''