NEW YORK: Carlos Santana was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth because of tightness in his right side near the back.
“Carlos had some back tightness,” manager Manny Acta said. “He tested OK according to our medical staff, but we won’t know until he shows up tomorrow if he can play.”
Santana said he felt it on a swing in the sixth inning.
“It was my last at-bat,” he said. “One swing, and I felt it on my right side.”
Lonnie Chisenhall pinch hit for Santana and led off the ninth with a single.
WHY MEET? — Acta said this would be a wrong time for him to address his troops.
“This is the first time all season we’ve lost four in a row,” he said before Wednesday’s game. “And just about everybody does that. I just want to reassure the team that they’re OK. I just talked individually to some guys.”
But no team meeting.
“If I saw a lack of effort, something like that, then I want to talk to the team,” Acta said.
NEW GUY — The Tribe claimed infielder/outfielder Vinny Rottino off waivers from the New York Mets and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating Triple-A Columbus right-hander Chris Schwinden for assignment.
Rottino, 32, has split the season between Triple-A Buffalo and the Mets, batting .307 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI in 36 games for the Bisons and .182 with one double and two homers in 18 games with the Mets. His career big-league average is .188 in 44 games with the Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins and Mets.
At least initially, Rottino will be assigned to the Indians’ farm system, but it hasn’t been announced whether he will go to Double-A or Triple-A.
ETHICALLY SPEAKING — Acta was asked if he would want his left fielder to pretend to make a catch, as did Dewayne Wise on Tuesday night.
“Why not?” he said. “If you can get an out, why not? We’ve had phantom tags in baseball forever.”
Baseball has umpires to enforce the rules. By contrast, golf does not have officials watching players on every hole, so the competitors must police themselves.
FARM FACTS — David Huff gave up two runs and three hits in 5? innings, as Columbus defeated Norfolk 4-3. Chad Huffman doubled, singled and drove in two runs. … Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler and Cord Phelps have been chosen to play in the International League All-Star Game at Buffalo on July 11. Clippers skipper Mike Sarbaugh has been chosen to manage. … Jesus Aguilar homered twice (he has nine) and doubled, driving in four runs, and Carolina beat Frederick 8-6 in Class A. Giovanny Urshela hit his third homer of the year and singled. Francisco Jimenez (6-5, 3.82 ERA) gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits in seven innings. … Shawn Morimando gave up one run and four hits in six innings and Lake County defeated Dayton 5-2 in Class A. Bryson Myles singled and drove in three runs. … Tyler Naquin, the Tribe’s first pick in the draft, doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs, as Mahoning Valley beat Williamsport 6-2. Ryan Merritt (1-1, 5.00 ERA) gave up one run and six hits in five innings. … Juan Herrera doubled and singled twice in the Arizona League Indians’ 7-3 loss to the Athletics.
— Sheldon Ocker