Sunday, September 2, 2007

Cleveland Calls Up Four Players from Buffalo

September 1 means september call-ups, and the Indians called up four players to help during the stretch run. Ben Francisco was recalled to play some outfield for Cleveland. He had a pretty successful year when he was brought up earlier, and certainly has the skills to stay with the big club. There just isn’t any room. Mike Koplove was brought up to help the Indians in the pen. Koplove started his career with Arizona. Cleveland picked him up this season, and he’s been solid in Buffalo. He was 4-2 with 14 saves in 51 appearances there. He was up briefly with the Tribe Cliff Lee was also brought back for a spot in the bullpen pitching long relief, as well as making some spot starts to give the starters some rest. Luis Rivas was more than a bit of a surprise. Rivas was signed at the beginning of the season to compete for the utility slot. He lost out to Mike Rouse. I can’t quite figure out why they brought up Rivas, and he wasn’t on the 40-man roster. Since the 40-man roster is full, Cleveland will have to take someone off. Stay tuned for who that is over the next day or two.

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