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Noah would have built an ark

By Sheldon Published: August 30, 2009

BALTIMORE: It was an event, something to watch and even record.

Jensen Lewis took photos with his cell phone camera. Some players might have hung around too long after a downpour caused both dugouts at Camden Yards to fill with water Saturday night.

""You would think when the water started to rise, guys would leave,'' manager Eric Wedge joked. ""Most of them got out of there, but some players just sat there.''

On Sunday, workmen pulled a pump from its moorings behind the visitors dugout and were checking for blockages. Pumps behind both dugouts malfunctioned, causing the flooding.

For many minutes, stadium officials seemed at a loss to know how to clear the water from the dugouts. That's when Indians traveling secretary Mike Seghi pulled on a pair of sweat pants and flip flops and grabbed a broom.

Eventually a barrier in the visitors' dugout that keeps the water from cascading down the steps into the runway to the clubhouse was removed, emptying the dugout but flooding the runway. The players had to use the passageway directly behind the plate, usually reserved for the umpires, to enter and exit the field.

""I don't know what happened,'' Lewis said, ""but I heard a big splash.''

Addressing the issue of clubhouse access, umpire crew chief Tim Tschida said, ""For awhile they were equally bad, where neither team could get to the dugout. Eventually, when we resumed play, the Orioles did have access to their clubhouse through their dugout, and the Indians were using our runway with the stipulation that they could stop (the game) at any time.

""If it was between pitches or anything, I told them, "You're not going to have to wait.' '' *elip Our goal was that we would make sure there was no advantage, one over the other.''

Wedge had never seen a similar incident.

""This is a first,'' he said. ""But in this game, you see something new every day or every other day. We would have been out a lot earlier (after the rain delay), but we couldn't get on the field.''

Because the flooded dugouts delayed the restart of the game by at least 45 minutes, Jeremy Sowers' start was cut short.

""Jeremy would have gone back out there, if not for the condition of the dugouts,'' Wedge said.

Kerry Wood watched the flood evolve.

""I saw the water pouring off the field into the dugout,'' he said. ""I sat there for about 15 minutes, but got in the clubhouse before the dugout filled up. When I was with the Cubs, the tunnel in Wrigley Field would get like this.''

Lewis took it upon himself to be the historian.

""I got pictures of it all,'' he said proudly.

THE PLAN -- Carlos Carrasco will make his major-league and Indians debut on Tuesday with a start against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

As one of the key pieces in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Phillies, Carrasco has been starting at Columbus, where he is 5-1 with a 3.19 earned-run average in six starts.

""I haven't seen him, but by all reports, he has a good arm and good stuff,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ""And he's even improved since he came here. But I don't want anybody to expect too much. It wouldn't be fair to him.''

Carrasco is taking the scheduled start of David Huff, but Huff is not being shut down for the season. Pitching coach Carl Willis has devised a schedule for September that will allow Carrasco (and possibly Hector Rondon) to make a few starts.

""We're just skipping a start for Huff,'' Wedge said. ""We'll pick spots for some of the other guys to be skipped. When you get into September, skipping guys and getting them extra work days on the side isn't a bad thing.''

However, Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona probably will stay on their five-day schedules.

KNOCK ON WOOD -- Wedge believes that Kerry Wood's sore is nothing serious.

The manager said Wood could have pitched Saturday night but that the wiser course was to give him the night off. Chris Perez finished off the 5-3 win in the ninth.

""I don't think it's anything to be concerned about,'' Wedge said.

Wood also said he could have pitched Saturday night.

""I came in Friday a little sore, so we're taking an extra day just to be safe,'' he said. ""Last year this happened a couple of times, but it worked out so I didn't miss any appearances.''

DATE WITH THE DOCTOR -- Travis Hafner's left shoulder still hurts, so he will visit the doctor today in Cleveland and undergo an MRI examination.

""I always do these one-handed swinging drills, and I think it got sore from that,'' Hafner said. ""The rest has helped it, but I'll get it scanned to make surey everything is OK. I expect to play Tuesday.''

According to Wedge, ""(Head trainer) Lonnie Soloff isn't too concerned about it, but we'll get it checked out.''

FARM FACTS -- Michael Brantley homered, singled and drove in one run, as Columbus beat Louisville 5-3. ... Ole Sheldon hit his 11th and 12th homers of the season and doubled, driving in five runs, as Kinston defeated Potomac 10-7. ... Nate Recknagel hit his 13th homer of the year and singled, driving in four runs, as Lake County routed Lakewood 10-1.

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