Jump to content

Dellucci Dropped; Raffy Up


Recommended Posts

Cleveland Indians drop David Dellucci; recall Rafael Perez

Posted by phoynes May 29, 2009 12:42PM


CLEVELAND -- David Dellucci, the man Indians bloggers loved to hate, has been designated for assignment to make room for left-hander Rafael Perez.


Dellucci, for whatever reason, became a symbol for everything that has gone wrong with the Indians over the last three years. The Indians signed the veteran outfielder to a three-year $11.5 million deal before the 2007 season, but he had trouble staying healthy and productive.


Perez, one of the big reasons that the Indians are in last place in the AL Central, was sent to Class AAA Columbus on May 6 after a horrible start out of the pen. He's been undergoing repairs ever since. Perez went 1-0 with two saves in nine scoreless innings at Columbus.


When the season opened, Perez was supposed to be the Indians No.1 lefty reliever. He went 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA in 13 games. Lefties hit .409 (9-for-22) against him and righties .435 (10-for-23).


The Indians will go into their weekend series against the Yankees with a 13-man pitching staff. The way they used their bullpen in a four-game sweep against the Rays, they'll need all the arms they can get.


Dellucci, with only two at-bats since May 18, was hitting .275 (11-for-40) with three doubles and one RBI. He was making $4 million this year and the Indians are obligated to pay what remains on the contract.


The Indians have 10 days to trade, release or put Dellucci on waivers.





Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm glad I stopped reading ol' Hoynsie. Too many things to point out in that article. "The way they used their bullpen?" Should Wedge have stuck with Huff after the 2 hour, 40 minute rain delay? Was Jackson's 7 runs in 4 innings so superior to Aquino and Vizcaino's 5 innings of scoreless ball? The only strange thing of that series was Sowers going 5 (scoreless) innings out of the pen (in a win).


The whole Delucci shtick was just pathetic.


And yes, single out Perez for why we're in last place. It can't have anything to do with Pavano, Carmona, Lewis, Wood, Reyes, Smith, Sowers, Kobayashi, Jackson and Huff with ERAs over 5. It can't be that our best player is hitting .223, and it certainly can't be that our cleanup hitter has already missed 32 games. No, the big reason has to be Rafael Perez. Those 10 and 2/3 innings really did us in.




But yes. I'm glad to see the, or at least near the, end of David Delucci, and hopefully the re-emergence of Perez.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...