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To the rescue

By Sheldon Published: May 23, 2009

   Jeremy Sowers and Rich Rundles were called up from Columbus on Saturday to take the place of Anthony Reyes and Aaron Laffey, both of whom were placed on the 15-day disabled list. ¶
   ""Both guys will be in the bullpen for tonight,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ""We'll use Rundles mostly as a left on left guy, but if we need to use him more, we will.'' ¶
   With Reyes on the DL, the Indians will need a starter for Wednesday night against Tampa Bay. ¶
   ""I think that could be in the cards (for me),'' Sowers said. ""But they're going day by day until they come up with something more concrete.'' ¶
   Wedge conceded he had not settled on a replacement for Reyes. ¶
   ""I'm not sure yet,'' the manager said. Obviously, Sowers is an option. We could still use him tonight and even tomorrow (probably for no more than an inning), and he could make a start on Wednesday.'' ¶
   Had Laffey not suffered an injury two innings after Reyes went down Friday night, he would have moved into the rotation. ¶
   ""That's what we were thinking about,'' Wedge said. ¶
   Rundles was 1-1 with one save and a 3.21 earned-run average in 15 appearances at Triple-A. In his only start since being sent to Columbus May 13, Sowers gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, earning a win.  ¶
   HOW BAD IS IT? -- The preliminary diagnosis of Reyes is right elbow inflammation; Laffey is down with a right oblique strain. However, neither pitcher has been seen by a doctor. ¶
   ""Both guys will be examined Monday when we're home,'' Wedge said. ""After that' we'll have a better idea and can go from there.'' ¶
   It's no surprise that Reyes is fighting an elbow injury. He has a history of elbow problems and went on the DL last September with a similar ailment. 
   ""He's been trying to work through this,'' Wedge said, ""but last night he went about as far as he could go.'' ¶
   According to Reyes, ""Nothing really hurts. I just had no control of the ball. I didn't know where it was going.'' ¶
   He walked six a hit a batter in three innings. ¶
   Laffey first felt ""something like a cramp'' on one pitch then a sharp pain the next, before leaving the mound. ¶
   ""I thought it would be murder today, but it's not too bad,'' he said. ""I've already iced it three times. I'll probably do that one or two more times today (for 20 minutes each treatment). I think that's what I'll be doing for three or foure days.'' ¶
   TIME OFF -- Jhonny Peralta was written out of the lineup Saturday night, as Jamey Carroll played third. ¶
   ""He's just getting a day off,'' Wedge said. ""He jammed his wrist going to third last night, but he's still playable.'' ¶
   TIME CHANGES -- Either because games have been dropped or added by national television networks, three games at Progressive Field will have altered start times. ¶
   Next Sunday's game against the Yankees will begin at 12:40 p.m. rather than 1:05 p.m. because it is being televised by WTBS as well as SportsTime Ohio. ESPN has picked the Tribe's June 14 game against the Cardinals for Sunday Night Baseball, changing the start time from 1:05 in the afternoon to 8 p.m. ¶
   In addition, the July 4 game against the Athletics will begin at 7:05 p.m. rather than 4:10 in the afternoon after being dropped by Fox. It will be aired by STO. ¶
   ESPN has added the June 1 game against New York and the June 15 contest against Milwaukee to its schedule. Game times remain the same, but STO will not air them. ¶
   RAPID WRITER -- Bob Feller will appear at a book signing for his recently published Bob Feller's Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Beth-Joseph Books at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. ¶
  FARM FACTS -- Travis Hafner homered, doubled and drove in two runs, as Columbus beat Buffalo 10-4. Hafner is batting .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles and a homer on his rehab assignment. Chris Gimenez and Andy Marte homered, Marte contributing three hits and Gimenez two. Jordan Brown also had three hits. *elip Karexon Sanchez homered and doubled, driving in two runs, but Lake County lost to West Virginia 6-5.

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