Indians notes from Sept. 4.
Andy Marte has learned the importance of playing with a sense of urgency. The 23-year-old third baseman was one of three players called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, joining left-hander Juan Lara and right-hander Edward Mujica. Marte broke camp as Cleveland’s starting third baseman, but he suffered a strained left hamstring in late April. He was activated from the disabled list May 19, then optioned to Buffalo nine days later and never asked back. “It’s different here,” Marte said. “You have a short time to make adjustments. In the minor leagues, they let you play no matter what. You’ve got to make a good impression quicker.” Marte didn’t make a great impression at all during his 15 big-league games, batting .180 with three doubles and a home run and being charged with four errors. He admits to pressing. “I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches, trying to do too much,” Marte said. “I wasn’t hitting good here, but nobody was hitting at all at the time. I feel a lot better at the plate now.” He batted .267 with 17 doubles, 16 home runs and 60 RBIs in 96 Triple-A games. Manager Eric Wedge said Marte likely won’t see much action during the final month of the season with the Indians pursuing a division title. “It’s going to be tough to really have much opportunity for him,” Wedge said. “He had a great attitude, worked hard, and he did improve down there. His opportunity is limited now because of where we are as a ballclub.” Lara appeared in nine games for Cleveland last year, but had not pitched in a game this season. Mujica was called up for the fifth time this summer. He has allowed 12 runs in 12 2/3 big-league innings (8.53 ERA). Tuesday’s moves were as notable for who wasn’t called up as for who was. Seven players who have seen big-league time with the Indians were left sitting by the phone -- utility infielders Joe Inglett and Mike Rouse, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, right-handers Matt Miller and Scott Elarton and left-handers Jeremy Sowers and Jason Stanford. Sowers was transferred from Buffalo to Akron and will start at least one game of the Eastern League playoffs. The Indians want Sowers to pitch regularly as long as possible to increase his chances of being able to make a spot start during a Sept. 26 doubleheader in Seattle. Top pitching prospect Adam Miller was also not called up. Miller, working his way back from a sprained elbow ligament, will also pitch for Akron in the postseason. Left-hander Rich Rundles was the third player transferred from Buffalo to Akron for the semifinal series that begins tonight at Erie, Pa. Coming Up The series concludes this afternoon at 1:10. Fausto Carmona (14-8, 3.31) will start against Scott Baker (8-6, 4.09). Beating the Best The Indians were 5-0 this season against Johan Santana. The Elias Sports Bureau reports Cleveland is the first team with five wins against a reigning Cy Young winner since the award was instituted in 1956. The last time the Indians defeated a pitcher five times in the same season was 1957, when they were 5-1 against Washington’s Camilo Pasquel. Enough is Enough Wedge said he had no problem deciding to pull C.C. Sabathia after eight innings and 100 pitches Monday, even though Sabathia was pitching a 5-0 shutout. “I knew before the game we wouldn’t go much beyond that,” Wedge said. “I always look at the previous starts, and even the previous five starts.” Sabathia had thrown 109, 119, 102, 96 and 106 pitches in his five most recent starts. He leads the American League with 211 innings pitched. Bring on Brady The Indians conducted their clubhouse fantasy football draft Monday night at the team hotel. Ryan Garko took San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson with the first pick. “We were all stunned he didn’t take Brady Quinn,” league commissioner Travis Hafner said. Garko is an avowed Notre Dame fan. On the Farm Single-A Kinston SS Josh Rodriguez stole two bases Sunday, making him Cleveland’s only minor-league player with 20 or more home runs and 20 or more steals this season. Reach Repository sports writer Andy Call at (330) 580-8346 or email@example.com.