Mark Shapiro and the Cleveland Indians have done it again. With the Indians sputtering at 8-14, Shapiro has decided to call up the much-maligned David Dellucci to fill in the hole left by Travis Hafner's move to the 15-day DL.
David "Freakin" Dellucci.
Sitting in triple A is one Matt LaPorta, who the Indians were hailed for acquiring last season in the deal for CC Sabathia. LaPorta is struggling in Columbus with a paltry .352 average, a .430 OBP, an 1.103 OPS, five dingers and 14 RBI. He's walked only eight times, to match his strike out total.
I suppose Shapiro and Wedge didn't want those numbers taking over for Hafner. I mean, why bring up a guy who is tearing the cover off the ball to strictly be a hitter at DH, when you can call up David Dellucci.
In fairness to Dellucci, he started a rehab assignment in Columbus on April 20 and has hit .414 in 7 games. He was 5 for 10 with runners on base and 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
With that said, if good ole' double D plays like the garbage we've seen in the past couple of years, all things are fair in love and war. Of course, knowing Shapiro, he'll find a way to replace Dellucci with Jason Michaels.
Here's to you Mr. Shapiro! Thanks for playing right out of your playbook again.