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Lewis runs out of time

By Sheldon Published: June 27, 2009

    Maybe the question should not by why Jensen Lewis was demoted to clear a roster a spot for Jose Veras, but how he avoided being sent to the minors earlier? [ep
   Lewis has struggled virtually the entire season, compiling a 2-3 record and 5.03 earned-run average in 28 appearances. He had problems with his command, not with finding the plate but finding too much of the plate. In 391/3 innings, he gave up nine home runs, an average of one every 41/3 innings. [ep
   ""Jensen was someone we were talking about, because we knew that Veras would be here in two or three days,'' manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. ""We had other chances to send him out, but we wanted to give him a chance to work through things. [ep
   ""We just didn't see consistent control to keep him up here, especially in a crucial role.'' [ep
   Lewis and Rafael Perez, who also has disappointed, began the season as co-setup men, a job both lost many weeks ago. [ep
   At times, even recently, Lewis talked as if his problems were behind him, as if he refused to face the truth. [ep
   ""He does that to everybody, and it works against him,'' Wedge said. ""Carl (pitching coach Carl Willis) had a good conversation with him yesterday. And Jensen was respectful in the office after the game (when he was told to report to Columbus). [ep
   ""There's nothing wrong with him going back down there and working on his craft.'' [ep
   WHAT THEY LIKE -- Right-hander Jose Veras reported to the Tribe Saturday after being acquired from the Yankees on Wednesday. ¶
   He comes from New York after compiling a 3-1 record and 5.96 ERA in 25 relief appearances. Among his outings were three against Cleveland. In those he gave up six runs in four innings. ¶
   ""He's got a good arm, and he pitched in some big games for them,'' Wedge said. ""The experience of pitching in New York should help him, and last year he played an important role for them. He's not that far away from that.'' ¶
   In 2008, Veras posted a 5-3 record, 3.59 ERA, walking 29 and striking out 63 in 572/3 innings. ¶
   ABOUT TIME -- Friday night was the first game since April 28 that Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner were all in the lineup. The Tribe beat the Red Sox that night 9-8 and defeated the Reds 9-2 Friday. ¶
   LOCAL SIGNEE -- The Indians signed their 20th-round pick in the amateur draft, right-hander Kyle Smith, who attends Kent State and lives in Louisville in Stark County. ¶
   Smith was 4-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 starts for the Golden Flashes but was slowed by a shoulder injury. ¶
   Of the Tribe's first 20 selections, only the first and second picks have yet to sign. If a player remains unsigned after Aug. 17, he goes back into the draft for next year. ¶
   NIGHT OFF -- Mark DeRosa got the night off, which put Ben Francisco in left field. ¶
   ""Travis probably will be off tomorrow, and Grady might be the DH,'' Wedge said. ""So I was going to give DeRosa either tonight or tomorrow off, anyway.'' ¶
   FARM FACTS -- T.J. House gave up one earned run (two total) and seven hits in Lake County's 9-3 winn to Hagerstown. Nate Recknagel homered and singled. *elip Kyle Bellows homered and drove in three runs, but Mahoning Valley lost 8-3 to Williamsport. ¶

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