Monday, May 28, 2007
Marte back to Buffalo; Indians recall lefty for Red Sox series
CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Andy Marte was optioned to
Triple-A Buffalo on Monday by the Cleveland Indians, who added
left-hander Rafael Perez to their bullpen for a three-game series
Marte spent time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury
earlier this season. He's batted just .180 (9-for-50) in 16 games
for Cleveland, and has been used off the bench since returning from
While Marte was out, the Indians moved former everyday third
baseman Casey Blake from right field back to his old position.
Cleveland has been one of the AL's best teams since and is coming
off a three-game sweep of Detroit.
Marte was acquired in 2006 in the trade that sent center fielder
Coco Crisp to the Red Sox. The 23-year-old started last season with
Buffalo and spent two months with the Indians, batting .226 in 50
Perez went 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA at Buffalo in seven starts. He
pitched three innings while spending three days with Cleveland
earlier this month. He and Aaron Fultz give Indians manager Eric
Wedge two lefty options for late-inning matchups.