The Indians, who seem to be making roster moves on a daily basis, made a few more Friday, and because of it, they won a game. Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was recalled from Class AAA Columbus, and in his major league debut, Carrera laid down a two-out, pinch-hit RBI bunt single in the eighth inning to drive in the eventual winning run in a 5-4 victory over Cincinnati.
Carrera's arrival in Cleveland comes at the end of a week of furious roster maneuvering by the Indians, who have been hit by another wave of injuries. DH Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained rib cage.
On Monday, Grady Sizemore was placed on the DL with a right knee contusion. Also during the week the Indians designated reliever Justin Germano for assignment, recalled infielder Luis Valbuena from Columbus on Thursday, and optioned him back to Columbus on Friday.
Outfielder Travis Buck was recalled from Columbus on Monday, and on Friday reliever Frank Herrmann was recalled from Columbus nine days after he was optioned to Columbus. Carrera was also recalled Friday.
Carrera hasn't even been a member of the organization for a year. The Indians acquired him from Seattle on June 27 of last year, in exchange for Russell Branyan.
Carrera is a speedy left-handed hitting outfielder, whose best position is center field. Manager Manny Acta said most of Carrera's playing time will come in center field, with Michael Brantley moving to left field. Acta said the Indians' best defensive outfield, while Sizemore is on the DL, is Brantley in left, Carrera in center, and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
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