|Indians, Reds moves|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 12:00 AM|
CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is back on the disabled list. He could soon have familiar company.
The Indians placed Giambi on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf muscle on Monday and the team may soon have to make a roster move with centerfielder Michael Bourn, who missed his second straight game with a tight hamstring — the same one he had surgically repaired in October.
Manager Terry Francona said the plan was for Bourn to "go hard" on the hamstring before the series opener against Minnesota.
"We've got to see how he feels and he's the one who has to tell us," Francona said. "It's his legs. We just want to make him understand that he's got to be honest and then we'll sit down with him and make decisions."
Bourn left Saturday night's game against the Chicago White Sox after beating out a bunt in the third inning. He had strained the hamstring during training camp and began the season on the DL, along with Giambi, who had a rib broken by a pitch while the club was in Arizona.
Bourn, who signed a 4-year, $48 million contract with Cleveland last season, has played in 15 of Cleveland's 32 games.
Francona was asked if he's concerned the injury could linger all season.
"I hope not," he replied. "It has crept up now a couple times. I think from talking to the trainers, the hope is that there's just some scar tissue in there and he's going to feel it sometimes. If that's all it is, we're good to go. That's the hope."
Bourn is batting .266 with two steals and has been caught three times.
Giambi was removed Saturday after grounding into a double play in the fourth. The 43-year-old, who came up with several big hits during his first season with Cleveland, is 0-for-10. He's struck out twice and only reached base when he was hit by a pitch.
The Indians' roster is currently in flux.
Catcher Yan Gomes returned early from the paternity list following the birth of his daughter, Brooklyn. With Gomes back, the Indians could have sent George Kottaras back to Triple-A Columbus, a day after he became the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two plate appearances.
But Kottaras will be around at least 24 more hours, when the club recalls Josh Tomlin from Columbus to start today's game against the Twins.
Francona said Giambi understood the necessity of going on the DL.
"The reason that I say what I say about him is because he continues to amaze me by his willingness to see past himself, to see the team, which amazes me," Francona said of Giambi. "When you leave the room after talking with 'G,' even after you put him on the DL, you just feel like a better person."
Kottaras is likely to be sent down today but he's made quite an impression in his short stay after batting just .080 (2-of-25) with the Clippers.
Francona briefly managed Kottaras in Boston.
"We'd love to keep him, but we're going to have to walk through it daily for a while to see what fits and how to make it fit," Francona said. "We can only have 25 (players)."
He's only been around Kottaras for a short time but Francona is a big fan.
"I love George," he added. "He's hard not to like. He shows up and has a great attitude. He grew up playing softball and he has that swing. I betcha he can hit a softball. He's a great teammate. There's reasons why guys like that find their ways back to the big leagues."
Reds' Bruce has surgery on knee cartilage
CINCINNATI — Reds rightfielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for about a month.
Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee but pinch hit and struck out during a 4-3, 10-inning win over Milwaukee. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear.
The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. They're currently missing starters Mat Latos and Tony Cingrani, catcher Devin Mesoraco, closer Aroldis Chapman and now their cleanup hitter.
Also, centerfielder Billy Hamilton missed the last three games with a sprained left hand, hurt while he made a diving catch. He's expected back for a series that starts Tuesday in Boston.
Bruce has been in a slump, going 3-for-17 in the last six games. He's batting .216 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games.
Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors. The Reds have started to get many of them back, only to have others get hurt. The Reds took three out of four from first-place Milwaukee over the weekend, leaving them 5½ games out in the NL Central.
Jonathan Broxton returned from the disabled list in mid-April, completing his comeback from forearm surgery, and taking over as closer. Utility player Skip Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder during spring training but returned over the weekend.
Chapman got hit in the forehead by a line drive on March 19 and had surgery to install a plate above his eye. He's on an injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors and is expected back later this week.
Latos had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 14 and later developed a sore forearm, leaving his return indefinite. Cingrani went on the disabled list last week with a sore shoulder.
Mesoraco pulled a muscle in his side and opened the season on the disabled list. He was activated the second week of the season and was Cincinnati's top hitter when he pulled his left hamstring and went back on the disabled list.