CINCINNATI: Great American Ball Park is statistically the greatest producer of home run balls in the major leagues, and it makes manager Manny Acta nervous.
“I realize you don’t have to hit it that hard to get it out of here,” he said. “Anyone who hits to all fields can do it. It’s a beautiful park and it’s great for the fans, but I’m on the edge of my seat for every pitch.”
Acta even has to change the way he manages when the Indians play in Cincinnati.
“You can’t just bunt to get a run in the fourth inning and expect to hold onto a one-run lead for the whole game,” he said.
INJURY UPDATES — Jack Hannahan went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Triple-A Columbus.
“He just DH-ed last night,” Acta said. “He’ll play six innings at third base tonight at Lake County and probably take a day off then play nine innings at third the next night.”
Hannahan is on the disabled list with a strained calf and is expected to play four or five games in the minors before he is activated.
Travis Hafner (knee surgery) has begun hitting off a tee in Cleveland.
PITCHER ON THE WAY — The Tribe acquired a hard-throwing, consistently unsuccessful right-handed reliever Tuesday from the Colorado Rockies for cash.
In 23 appearances, Esmil Rogers, 26, has given up 36 hits, 18 walks and struck out 29 in 25⅔ innings. He is walking batters at the rate of 6.3 per nine innings and striking them out at the rate of 10.2 per nine innings. His ERA has climbed from 6.13 in 2010 to 7.05 last year to 8.06 this season. Inasmuch as he is out of options, he soon will be on the 25-man roster. To clear space on the 40-man roster, catcher Luke Carlin has been designated for assignment.
Why would the Tribe seek to add such an erratic performer to the major-league team? Rogers’ average fastball registers 96 miles per hour.
AWARD WINNER — The Tribe chose Lake County reliever Mason Radeke as its Minor League Player of the Week. Radeke, 22 today, pitched 8⅓ scoreless innings in two long relief outings, walking one and striking out 13. In 14 appearances for the season, he is 3-1 with one save and a 3.16 ERA.
FARM FACTS — Alex Monsalve and Francisco Lindor each got two hits, but Lake County lost to Lansing 7-1 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker