Juan Diaz was called up from Double-A Akron to make his major-league debut on Saturday, and he looked shaky at shortstop and at the plate.
In his first game, Diaz walked, then struck out three times. He made an error in the field and contributed to an error charged to Casey Kotchman with an off- target throw to first.
But on Sunday, he seemed to shake off the uncertainty and probably the jitters, collecting two singles and making an above-average play in the field.
“It’s too bad he can’t celebrate his first hit the way he would want,” manager Manny Acta said, referring to the fact that the Indians lost the game. “But I hope he feels good about himself.”
Diaz was called up when Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a tight hamstring Friday night.
SANTANA WATCH – Head trainer Lonnie Soloff is keeping tabs on Carlos Santana daily to see whether his concussion symptoms have dissipated or disappeared.
“He’s feeling better today,” Acta said. “Lonnie checks with him every day. I think tomorrow he’ll get some of those neurological tests and see where he’s at.”
Santana remained at the team’s headquarters hotel until close to first pitch, then watched the game on television in the clubhouse.
CABRERA UPDATE – Cabrera will get back to baseball activities today, as he tests his tight left hamstring.
“It feels OK now,” he said. “I’m, going to run and take some BP tomorrow.”
Asked whether he thought he would miss four or five games, Cabrera said, “I don’t think it will be that much. I think I can play against Kansas City but not tomorrow.”
Acta thinks Cabrera will be out three to five days. He missed his second game in a row Sunday.
TRIVIA PURSUIT – The Tribe gave up 35 runs in the three games at U.S. Cellular Field. That’s the most given up by the club since June 4-6, 2002, against the Twins, who also scored 35 runs in three consecutive games.
FARM FACTS – Jared Goedert homered and singled, driving in three runs, as Columbus beat Syracuse 9-6. Russ Canzler doubled twice, singled and drove in one run, and Matt LaPorta had two hits. Corey Kluber (4-4, 4.41 ERA) gave up two earned runs (five total) and six hits in 6 ‚ innings…..Jeremie Tice hit his 10th home run of the season and doubled twice, driving in two runs, but Carolina lost 7-5 to Winston-Salem. Tony Wolters also had three hits….Alex Lavisky had three hits, including his third homer of the year, and drove in four runs, as Lake County beat Lansing 4-3.