October 21, 2014

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Tribe notes: Sprained ankle ends Sizemore’s consecutive-games-played streak at 382

CLEVELAND — The streak is over.
Grady Sizemore was out of the lineup Sunday after spraining his right ankle in a victory over the Yankees on Saturday, bringing his streak of consecutive games played to an end at 382.
Sizemore appeared in all of Cleveland’s games from 2006-07 and, after Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre did not play on opening day this season, owned the longest streak in the big leagues. Atlanta’s Jeff Francouer is the new leader at 351 games.
Sizemore appeared more disappointed in not being able to help his teammates on the field in their 1-0 loss to the Yankees than seeing the streak come to an end.
“It’s tough when you’re sidelined because of an injury,” said Sizemore, who has yet to make a trip to the disabled list in three-plus years in the majors. “You never want to miss a game because of that. It’s tough when you’re an every-day player and you have to sit back and watch. But that’s all it is.”
Sizemore most likely would have been in the lineup, but he arrived at Progressive Field still feeling discomfort in the ankle. He did not attempt to talk manager Eric Wedge into starting him.
“I said if I was able to go, we would examine things and go from there,” Sizemore said. “It hurt. It didn’t feel good. It kept me out of the lineup. There’s no point in putting me in there if I can’t help the team.”
Sizemore still could have extended the streak as a pinch hitter, pinch runner or defensive replacement.  
“We just didn’t have a situation to do it,” Wedge said. “If we had a situation arise that he could have helped us do something, we would have gone ahead and done it.”
Cleveland’s all-star center fielder injured the ankle while advancing to second base on a David Dellucci single in the ninth inning Saturday. He rolled the ankle on the bag, but after running it off, stayed in the game and scored the winning run on Victor Martinez’s base hit.
Sizemore is listed as day-to-day, but Wedge said he did not consider it a disabled-list situation, and was hopeful that his leadoff hitter would be back in the lineup for the series finale with New York tonight. Sizemore called the injury a mild sprain.
“We’ll see how he feels (today),” Wedge said. “Hopefully with the rest, he’ll feel a lot better.”

So long, Sowers

Jeremy Sowers was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo, a day after an impressive performance in a 4-3 victory over the Yankees.
Sowers began his first big league start of the season with five scoreless innings, allowing three on seven hits through 5 1/3 innings for the game.
The Indians promoted Bellevue High product Brad Snyder from Buffalo to take Sowers’ place on the roster, but Snyder is expected to be optioned back to Triple-A today to clear room for Aaron Laffey, who is expected to be promoted to start today.
Laffey will most likely stay in Cleveland’s rotation until Jake Westbrook (strained right intercostal) returns in what is expected to be four weeks.

Log time coming

Martinez’s first career walk-off hit Saturday was the first time one of the catcher’s career 425 RBIs ended a game. The only other player owning more RBIs without one of the walk-off variety is Houston’s Lance Berkman, who entered Sunday with none of his 878 career RBIs ending a game.
Martinez, who has averaged 21 homers through his first four full seasons in the majors, has yet to go deep this year, batting .366 (26-for-71) with four doubles and nine RBIs in 19 games.

Roundin’ third

Ryan Garko’s hit by pitch brought the Indians’ major league-leading total of hit batsmen to 20.
Though he was batting just .229, Casey Blake entered Sunday ranked ninth in the American League with a team-leading 18 RBIs.
Third base coach Joel Skinner, a former Bay Village resident who now lives in Avon Lake, wore a Bay baseball shirt under his uniform top Sunday. Skinner’s son Cameron played for the Rockets.