NEW YORK -- In need of relief, the Indians promoted right-hander Jensen Lewis from Triple-A Columbus.In need of another potential starting option, the club sent left-hander Aaron Laffey down to Columbus. Laffey is expected to get stretched back out as a starter after opening the season in the bullpen. Laffey made 20 appearances for the Tribe and had assumed a long-man role. He was 0-1 with a 5.61 ERA, striking out 11 and walking 13 in 25 2/3 innings. His 25 2/3 innings ranked eighth among American League relievers. In Laffey's past two appearances -- one in long relief of Justin Masterson and the other in relief of David Huff on Saturday -- the Indians attempted to stretch him out. He labored in the emergency situation Saturday, and the Indians opted to send him down so that he could get stretched out in a standard starter's routine. "He took it well, because he's a smart kid and saw the writing on the wall after the last two outings," manager Manny Acta said. "Nobody wants to go down to the Minor Leagues. But we're doing what's best for the ballclub." It's no secret that Laffey could end up replacing Masterson in the rotation. Masterson took an 0-5 record and 6.13 ERA into Sunday's start at Yankee Stadium. The bullpen, meanwhile, was taxed by what transpired Saturday, when Huff was struck by an Alex Rodriguez line drive with one out in the third and was taken off the field on a motorized cart. Laffey came on in relief, and five relievers had to work 6 2/3 innings. Though Cleveland beat New York, 13-11, it was hardly an ideal scenario for an Indians team just two games into a stretch of 17 games in 17 days. Enter Lewis, who had performed well with the Clippers since his May 7 demotion. Lewis made seven appearances for Columbus, posting no record, one save and a 1.89 ERA. He struck out 10 and walked one in 10 2/3 innings, and six of his appearances were scoreless. With the Indians earlier this season, Lewis was 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked nine.
Acta: Celebration evolution took wrong turn
NEW YORK -- A pitcher getting hit in the head by a line drive is a freak accident. A player fracturing his leg during a home-plate celebration after a game-winning grand slam is quite a bit more preventable.Indians manager Manny Acta saw what happened to the Angels' Kendry Morales, who broke his lower left leg when he slipped when he jumped on home plate in celebration of his game-winning granny against the Mariners on Saturday. The incident has people around baseball talking about whether home-plate celebrations have gone a little too far and gotten a little too dangerous, and Acta had his thoughts, as well. "I've seen that evolve over the years," Acta said. "It started with a guy going around the bases after the home run [like normal]. Then it went to guys not taking their helmet off because they didn't want to get pounded [on the head by their teammates]. Now, it's the point where a guy flips his helmet who knows where when he's rounding third. I think guys will educate themselves [and make changes]." To Acta, it's a simple matter of teammates giving a guy more room around the plate to cross without incident. "I don't think we, as managers, can say they have to sit in the dugout and wait for the guy to round the bases before they can celebrate, because it's an emotional thing," Acta said. "But the way it's evolved has headed in the wrong direction."
When they scored 13 runs Saturday, the Indians became the last team in baseball to eclipse the double-digit run barrier in a single game this season. ... According to STATS LLC, the six-run deficit the Indians overcame Saturday was their largest deficit overcome in New York since June 9, 1956. On that day, they trailed, 6-0, against Don Larsen before coming back to win, 15-8. ... According to Elias, before losing to the Indians on Saturday, the Yankees had won the past 291 home games in which they held a lead of six or more runs. The last such loss was a 10-9 collapse against the Brewers on May 22, 1992. ... In his second game back from the disabled list (right shoulder soreness), third-base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in Double-A Akron's 11-10 win at Binghamton on Saturday.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.