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Peralta still struggling with transition

By Sheldon Published: September 3, 2009

DETROIT: Hitting three home runs or committing three errors in a game makes a player a target for the media.

But the guy who has made three misplays probably isn't anxious to analyze his forgetttable evening with a bunch of reporters. That was the situation facing Jhonny Peralta Wednesday night after the Indians' 4-2 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

For the first time in his major-league career -- probably his life -- Peralta made three errors and left the clubhouse quickly afterward.

""You guys were waiting for me?'' he said on Thursday. ""I'm sorry then. I felt like I didn't want to talk. I was mad at myself, so I tried to relax in my room.'' ¶
As difficult a night as Peralta endured, the sun came up Thursday morning. It was a new day. ¶
""I forget about yesterday,'' he said. ""Today is a different day. I'll try to catch the ball and see what happens. But it was hard for me yesterday.'' ¶
Manager Eric Wedge didn't think one bad game would create a carryover effect. ¶
""Jhonny's a pro,'' he said. ""He had a tough night. The irony is that he made a couple of great plays, too. He'll be fine. I think this is where that even keel of his comes into play.'' ¶
Thirty-five games into the season Peralta had not played third base. That's when he began moving over to third from shortstop, and by the fourth week of June he was the regular at the corner position. ¶
Abandoning short was not something Peralta chose to do. The job was thrust upon him, because of Asdrubal Cabrera's obvious aptitude for short and the promise shown by Luis Valbuena, who was installed at second. ¶
""Third base is a little different,'' Peralta said. ""The ball gets there different. It gets to you much faster. I feel good at shortstop. I know how every ball is going to move. At third, you don't have much time to think. You can't really do anything.'' ¶
But Peralta knows he won't be returning to shortstop, not with the Tribe. Wedge already has spoken publicly about Peralta being one of the few players with a secure position on the club next year. ¶
""I try to do the best I can at third,'' he said. ""I need to play there more. I think I can do good over there. The more times I play there, the better I can get. ¶
""And today, maybe I can hit a home run.'' ¶
Speaking of threes, had Peralta ever hit three home runs in a game? ¶
""No,'' he said, ""but if three are coming, I'll take it.'' ¶
DECISION TIME NEARING -- Whether Eric Wedge returns as manager of the Indians remains either undecided, or it's a closely held secret within the organization. ¶
""I hope to have some resolution by the end of the season,'' Wedge said Thursday. ""I have a contract in place for next year until I hear otherwise. ¶
""I was telling someone the other day that whether I'm back next year or I'm not back, I wouldn't handle things (the rest of the season) any different. I want us to be in the best position we can be in.'' ¶
Managers know when they're hired they are candidates to lose their jobs when the fortunes of the team decline. ¶
""I have to be a pro about it,'' Wedge said. ""You have to handle the good the bad and the ugly. I know what it's all about.'' ¶
KNAPP SHUT DOWN -- Jason Knapp, a key piece of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Phillies, has been ordered to quit throwing until doctors figure out what's wrong with his right shoulder. ¶
When the trade was made in July, Knapp was sidelined with what was described as biceps tendinitis. But he made four starts at Lake County, until his shoulder began to ache. ¶
""We're in the process of evaluating the injury with imaging (MRI) and an examination by Dr. (Mark) Schickendantz,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. ""It's safe to say that Jason won't be pitching in our minor-league system, since the schedule ends Monday. Most likely, he will be out at least two weeks.'' ¶
Since a diagnosis hasn't been made, the possibilities for treatment are varied. ¶
""We haven't ruled out anything,'' said Soloff when asked if surgery was a possibility. ""We're still in the process of making an evaluation.'' ¶
CROWE UPDATE -- Trevor Crowe (strained oblique) is ready to take batting practice and might be close to coming off the disabled list. ¶
""We'll let him hit tomorrow and then evaluate from there,'' Wedge said. ""He might even be ready (to play) by this weekend.'' ¶
FARM FACTS -- Hector Rondon (4-34, 4.05 ERA) gave up seven runs and six hits in seven innings, as Louisville beat Columbus 10-6. *elip Ole Sheldon had two doubles, two singles and three RBI in Kinston's 14-3 win over Frederick. Nick Hagadone gave up two runs, two hits and four walks in 21/3 innings. *elip Karexon Sanchez homered, singled and drove in two runs, as Lake County beat Delmarva 3-1. Kaimi Mead pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits. *elip Clayton Cook (5-3, 2.79 ERA) delivered five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and strikiing out six in Mahoning Valley's 2-0 win over Jamestown. ¶

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