In addition to calling up Yan Gomes, the Indians summoned left-handed reliever Scott Barnes from Columbus as the extra player allowed for doubleheaders under the new basic agreement. Lou Marson went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.
“”Marson has had a little bit of this since spring training,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He also had it last year. Lots of guys do. And when he got hit [in a collision at the plate], that didn’t help.
“”I talked to him. It’s not fair [for him to play hurt]. His strength is catching and throwing He was willing to try and work through it, because he’s a hard-nosed kid.’’
At Columbus, Barnes posted a 2-0 record and 4.70 ERA in seven appearances, walking five and striking out eight in 72/3 innings.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY – Saturday night’s game ended when Jason Kipnis swung and missed for strike three with the tying run on third. The pitch eluded the catcher, who recovered the ball and tagged Kipnis, who never made a move toward first. Kipnis said he didn’t see the ball get away from the catcher until it was too late, but that wasn’t the point.
So he tweeted this message after the game: “”I pride myself on playing the game hard and the right way. And in that last at-bat I didn’t do it. I already apologized to Tito and the gang.’’
“”I tweeted because I got three texts from unknown numbers calling for my head,’’ Kipnis said Sunday. “”And I will not change my phone number. I like my number.’’
Why the apology when he didn’t see what happened?
“”Whether you know it or not, the play wasn’t over,’’ Kipnis said. “”When it’s a curveball down, you have to check.’’
Added Francona, “”Whether it was frustration or he didn’t see it, he came in and said he was sorry.’’
For the record, even if he had run, Kipnis would not have beaten a throw to first.
RECIPE FOR FATIGUE? – Alternating between first base and right field probably isn’t the best way for a player to keep his arm fresh. And that includes Nick Swisher, who has to do it.
Francona said that’s why he is careful not to play Swisher in right too often and added: “”Swisher made a comment to me that sometimes you have to do the dishes. It’s doing what’s right for our team, which I really appreciate.’’
FARM FACTS – Cedric Hunter homered and singled, driving in one run in Columbus’ 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. Mike McDade had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, and Joe Martinez gave up two runs and five hits in 6⅔ innings. ... Francisco Lindor had three hits and one RBI, and Charlie Valerio had two singles and a double, but Carolina lost 5-4 to Frederick. Cody Anderson gave up three runs and three hits in six innings. … LeVon Washington doubled and singled four times, driving in two runs, but Lake County lost to Clinton 13-7.