CLEVELAND: When Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace called RubberDucks reliever Kyle Crockett into his office to give him the news of a promotion, neither man was prepared for the emotions that followed.
“When I finally got him in and sat him down, I told him ‘You’re going up,’ RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace said by phone. “Then I paused a little bit because I knew he thought I meant [to Triple-A] Columbus. So when I finished and said, ‘to Cleveland,’ he was a mixture of disbelief and pure joy. It was the coolest thing I’ve experienced in this game.”
Later in the afternoon while standing in front of his locker in Cleveland and talking to a group of media, Crockett admitted he broke down unrepentantly when Wallace delivered the stunning news.
“I wasn’t really thinking about [a promotion],” said the baby-faced Crockett, who looks nowhere close to 22 years old. “When Wally called me in there and said I was moving up, I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ Then Wally goes, ‘You’re going to the big leagues.’ And I kinda just stopped and sat there and started crying.”
With the promotion, Crockett became the first member of MLB’s 2013 draft class to reach the majors.
“He’s not a big kid,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “In fact, he looks like he just turned 13. Give our scouting staff a lot of credit; this kid’s not a really big, imposing guy. But he’s given up only one run in his professional career so far. He’s not going to be intimidated, he pounds the strike zone and he throws all his pitches for strikes. He’s kind of a polished kid. There’s not a ton of development left other than facing major league hitters.”
ROAD TO RECOVERY — Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (abdominal strain) spent time on the field before batting practice Friday, running and doing some agility work between cones strategically placed in left field.
“He’s doing baseball activities and champing at the bit,” Francona said. “We’re working out a schedule for him to start playing probably not too far down the road, next week sometime.”
SIDELINED — Indians reserve outfielder Nyjer Morgan suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Wednesday in Toronto when his spikes caught in the Skydome turf, causing a deep knee bruise.
“[There’s] no need for surgery, no cartilage damage,” Francona said. “Now, [we] just have to wait to see how quickly that heals to where it doesn’t bother him to run. That’s different for everybody because you gotta get the swelling out of there. But structurally, he’s in pretty good shape.”
— Stephanie Storm