The Cleveland Indians purchased the contracts of pitchers David Huff and Greg Aquino from Triple-A Columbus.
Huff made his major league debut as Sunday`s starter in a 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay. Aquino will work out of the bullpen.
To make room on the roster, Cleveland optioned reliever Tony Sipp and outrighted right-hander Masa Kobayashi to Columbus.
Left-hander Scott Lewis was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list so Aquino could be added to the 40-man roster. Lewis is out with a left elbow injury.
Also, struggling Indians leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore was out of the starting lineup Sunday. He started the day hitting .220 with seven homers and
25 RBIs in 37 games.
Cleveland doesn`t play today, which means Sizemore will get two days off.
“He`s going through a tough time right now,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “He puts a lot of responsibilty on his shoulders.”
Wedge believes Sizemore is getting close to breaking out of the hitting funk. Sizemore had a solo homer on Friday.
“I think we`re seeing some signs of it,” Wedge said.
Asdrubal Cabrera batted leadoff in Sizemore`s place.
Rays pitcher has to hit
An error on the Tampa Bay Rays` official lineup card forced starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to bat in Sunday`s game.
The Rays listed Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as the third baseman on the card given to the umpires before the start of the game. Longoria was supposed to be the designated hitter.
After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Sonnanstine had an RBI double to left during a five-run fourth that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-3.
After the top of the first, in which Zobrist played third, the game was delayed 13 minutes as the umpires discussed the matter among themselves and individually with Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and Wedge.