Indians Notebook: Roster move, clean out the closet and on the farm,
Jensen Lewis will wear jersey No. 50 during his first few days in the big leagues, but he will always be No. 13 in his heart.
“My mom was always a big Omar Vizquel fan,” said Lewis, called up by the Indians from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday to pitch in a relief role. “My parents grew up in Medina, and they were Indians fans. I wore No. 13 all the way through high school. I did get called up on Friday the 13th, so I guess that’s pretty cool.”
Lewis began the season at Double-A Akron, then was promoted to Buffalo on June 14. He is a combined 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA and two saves in 34 appearances, limiting opposing hitters to a .177 average. Seven of the 10 earned runs he has allowed came during April.
“Everybody’s going to have a month where things don’t go right,” Lewis said. “I’m glad I got mine out of the way right away.”
Lewis was born in Cincinnati and graduated from Anderson High. The Indians drafted him out of Vanderbilt with their third-round pick in 2005.
The 23-year-old right-hander pitched for the Indians in the final spring-training game, an exhibition against St. Louis at Memphis.
“He’s shown us a good fastball, and his secondary stuff has still continued to improve,” Manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s a guy a lot of people in our organization felt strongly about. He’s really made his mark in the bullpen.”
This is the first year in a relief role for Lewis. He had made 38 of his 41 pro appearances as a starter before this season.
“I told them it doesn’t matter to me, whatever gets me here quickest,” Lewis said. “I think it’s really helped me in terms of my approach, of my day-to-day routine.”
The Indians had hoped left-hander Aaron Fultz would return from his strained rib cage and be activated Friday, but that move was put on hold after Fultz threw a bullpen session Thursday.
“He was OK, but not to the point we felt like we were ready to activate him,” Wedge said. “He’s still heading in the right direction.”
Wedge said Fultz probably won’t be activated for at least another week. He must throw a bullpen session Monday without discomfort, followed by a simulated game and at least one minor-league rehabilitation appearance next week.
“I can still feel it when I throw, but it doesn’t get any worse,” Fultz said. “It just hasn’t improved as much as I would have wanted it to.”
TODAY The series continues tonight at 7:05. Gil Meche (5-6, 3.54) will start against C.C. Sabathia (12-3, 3.58).
ROSTER MOVE The Indians had made room on their 25-man roster for Jensen Lewis by optioning right-hander Edward Mujica to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. Space on the 40-man roster was cleared by shifting outfielder David Dellucci from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET The Indians will be accepting new or gently used clothing tonight at Gates A and C. Fans who donate clothes will be given a voucher for a free hot dog. The promotion benefits the Salvation Army and Dress For Success.
ON THE FARM Single-A Mahoning Valley pitchers Kelvin DeLaCruz, Daniel Frega and Vinnie Pestano combined for a seven-inning no-hitter Thursday during a 7-1 victory over Vermont. The game was a makeup of a postponed game from July 11. The pitchers combined to strike out nine and issue three walks. The only Vermont run scored on a Scrappers throwing error.
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