ARLINGTON, TEXAS: Lou Marson has stopped his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Columbus because his shoulder continues to hurt. He has been sent to Birmingham, Ala., to see Dr. James Andrews.
No timetable has been set for when the veteran catcher will be permitted to resume activities on the field. Marson has been on the disabled list since April 25.
MAKING A PITCH — Corey Kluber and Cody Allen were standing in front of the dugout Wednesday throwing knuckleballs to one another.
A reporter remarked to manager Terry Francona that Kluber’s knuckleball was pretty lively. The manager made a face and said, “He’s got a pretty good fastball.”
DRAFTEES SIGN — The Indians signed four players taken in the last week’s draft, including eighth-round pick, right-hander Trevor Frank, out of University of California Riverside.
Frank, 21, was the team’s closer and posted a 4-2 record with 10 saves. He recently compiled a string of 22 innings without allowing an earned run.
The Tribe also signed 20th-round selection, catcher Shane Rowland, 21, from the University of Tampa; 23rd-round choice, infielder Grant Fink, 22, from Missouri Western State College and 36th-round pick, infielder Mike Giuffre, from Brookdale (N.J.) Community College.
KUDOS — The Tribe has chosen Aeros outfielder Carlos Moncrief as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Week for June 5-11. Moncrief, 24, was second in batting average among Eastern League players for the week (.524, 11-21) and had six RBI. For the season he is batting .281 with a team-leading seven home runs and 27 RBI.
FARM FACTS — Lonnie Chisenhall had four hits, including a double, raising his average to .402, as Columbus lost to Gwinnett 9-2. Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first start since April 28 but had to leave with two out in the third with a sore right thumb. Matsuzaka has been recovering from a strained oblique. … Tyler Naquin hit his sixth home run of the season, a grand slam, in Carolina’s 11-3 win over Potomac in Class A. Jerrud Sabourin homered, singled and drove in three runs. Cody Anderson (6-3, 2.65 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
— Sheldon Ocker