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Dellucci to Disabled List

Placed OF David Dellucci on 15-day Disabled List (hamstring)


The injury certainly looked serious, and apparently it's going to keep Dellucci out at least two weeks, hence the quick move to place him on the DL.

Although the obvious move seems to be to recall Ben Francisco (Shin-Soo Choo is on Buffalo's DL), it isn't really necessary to call up another outfielder. In a perfect world, Andy Marte would get another chance, moving Casey Blake back to the outfield. Or another infielder (Joe Inglett?) in preparation for the trip to Washington, a National League city. But whatever the case, this wouldn't make much sense:

The injury will likely see Jason Michaels, who had been sharing time with Dellucci in left, become the everyday left fielder, and the Tribe having to call up a fifth outfielder.

This seems to be as good a time as any to see what Franklin Gutierrez can do given a couple weeks of regular playing time. He's out of options after this season, and there's no long-term claim to right field at the present time. If the Indians are going to play Michaels more, they should do it at the expense of Trot Nixon.