Indians Notebook: Speculation about Laffey going to Cleveland; Wedge's reaction to the players' only meeting; pitch hits Sammy.
Is Aaron Laffey coming or going? That is, is he coming to Cleveland? Or, is he going somewhere else?
In any case, something unusual is going on.
Laffey was removed from his start Sunday for Triple-A Buffalo in the third inning with two out and a runner on second base. He had thrown 48 pitches.
After the game, media who cover the Bisons were told Laffey would not be made available. Then, later, he mysteriously appeared.
“(Buffalo Manager) Torey Lovullo came out and told me I threw the ball well and there’s a situation going on right now,” Laffey told the Buffalo News.
Laffey was asked if he would be still be with the Bisons today.
“I don’t know right now,” Laffey said. “I’d like to say I hope not. I’d like to get the call but, as of right now, I’m kind of in the dark and waiting to see what’s going to happen.”
The News reported on its Web site that Laffey had been promoted to Cleveland. Then, hours later, the article was amended to say there was “speculation” of a promotion.
Indians Manager Eric Wedge said he had no knowledge of an impending move involving Laffey.
The 22-year-old left-hander had warmed up for his scheduled start for the Bisons on Saturday, but that game was postponed due to wet field conditions after a drainage valve behind the pitcher’s mound had burst, flooding the playing surface.
The Maryland native has taken perhaps the biggest leap forward of any player in the Indians minor-league system this summer. He was a combined 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 17 appearances through Saturday for Buffalo and Double-A Akron. If he had been the winning pitcher Sunday, he would have tied a franchise record with his eighth consecutive victory.
The Indians drafted Laffey in the 16th round in 2003. His 4.55 ERA in 2004 was followed by 3.24 in 2005, 3.16 in 2006 and 2.92 so far this summer.
“Things just kind of took off, and I let it happen, went with the flow,” Laffey said. “I’m riding it out, and it’s going pretty well for me so far.”
LET’S TALK Manager Eric Wedge said he was fine with the players-only meeting that took place following Saturday night’s game. “Any time the players want to have a meeting like that, it’s healthy,” Wedge said. “It’s their business, and that’s the way we leave it. There’s nothing negative about it. This is a very close group of guys.”
BOYS BEING BOYS Wedge would not confirm that the subject of the meeting was Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez having had words in the dugout during the game, but did not deny that the incident took place. “They had some discussion during the game, nothing beyond that,” Wedge said.
BETTER DUCK Lee’s third-inning pitch hit Sammy Sosa in the batting helmet, forcing Sosa out of the game. He was examined by team doctors, but no damage was found. “There was nothing intentional about it,” Wedge said.
ON THE FARM Single-A Kinston second baseman Jared Goedert was 1-for-4 with a double Saturday during an 8-5 loss to Frederick. Goedert had been activated from the disabled list Thursday. He batted .364 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 45 games for Single-A Lake County before being promoted, then going on the DL 10 days later.
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