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Thome arrives as roster shuffle continues

The Sports Xchange

The Indians lost two more players, added a slugger, and won a game Friday night, 2-1 over Kansas City. It's only the Indians' second win in their last eight games, which is partially explainable by another day of roster shuffling.

Prior to the game, the Indians placed outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Josh Tomlin on the disabled list. Brantley has an inflamed right wrist and Tomlin has a sore right elbow. The Indians also added designated hitter Jim Thome to the roster Friday.

Thome was acquired late Thursday night in a trade with Minnesota. He was in the lineup Friday batting fourth, but had a quiet night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Indians are counting on the big slugger, who turns 41 on Saturday, to add some sock to a lineup that is riddled by injuries.

The Indians have seven players currently on the disabled list, including four everyday players: outfielders Brantley and Grady Sizemore, second baseman Jason Kipnis, and designated hitter Travis Hafner.

The injury to Hafner opened a spot in the lineup for Thome, who at this point in his career is strictly a designated hitter, but still a fairly productive one. Thome is also the Indians' all-time leader in home runs with 334, and he had hit 12 with 40 RBI for the Twins prior to the trade to Cleveland.

Manager Manny Acta said the Indians will use Thome as much as possible, but said the veteran probably won't play more than three days in a row, and won't play day games after night games. The Indians, who with all their injuries struggle on a nightly basis to score runs, can use whatever offense Thome can give them as they strive to remain in striking distance of division-leading Detroit.

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