Indians Recall Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus

Likely suffering from burning ears with all of the hindsight trade discussion, outfielder Matt LaPorta has received a bump to the big leagues today as the Cleveland Indians announced his promotion from the AAA Columbus Clippers.  To allow room for LaPorta, right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann optioned to Columbus following Wednesday’s game at Seattle.

 LaPorta, 27, has spent nearly the entire season at Columbus where he has hit .264 (99-375) with 19 doubles, 1 triple, 19 home runs and 62 RBI in 101 games (.350OB/.472SLG/ .822OPS).  He currently ranks 9th in the International League in slugging pct. (.472) and home runs (19), tied for 10th in RBI (62) and 11th in OPS (.822). He has appeared in 52 games at first base for the Clippers and 25 in left field. He was previously with the Indians over one stint, June 3-12, and appeared in 3 games (2-11, RS).

During Friday afternoon media availibility, general manager Chris Antonetti stated that LaPorta will be up in Cleveland for the balance of the season; his playing time will depend upon his production.

 Herrmann recorded an ERA of 4.76 in 4 relief appearances (5.2IP, 5H, 3R/ER) after being promoted from Columbus on August 7.

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  • hanover_fist

    Whoop-dee friggin’ doo

  • ssv

    LaPorta’s hitting .207 in Triple-A over the past two months. Yeahhh…think about that. We’re calling up a guy hitting .207 in Triple-A over a two month period. Wow.

  • mgbode

    Shamrock should be happy. Call up Canzler next!

    “either they can play or they can’t”

  • KennyL

    Might as well… it’s a win-win for the Tribe (aside from literally WINNING that is). He can perform well and either show us that he’s worth keep OR increase his trade value….or he does bad and finally convinces us to not waste our breath on him in the future.

  • Harv 21

    Everyone says this kid is mature and pretty much major league power hitter ready.

    Love this hot tub.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The move made sense Canzler next might as well.

  • woods

    Let the flailing at outside pitches in the dirt begin again. LaPorta has demonstrated poor pitch recognition skills in the past. I wonder if he has improved…

    I don’t think he can make the team any worse than their current run of 4 wins and 21 losses. What a depressing thought.

    Here is a good poll question. Will LaPorta have more or less than 4 hits in his first 21 at bats?

  • Boby Joe 47

    Who cares? This season has been an absolute disaster and promoting a former top prospect who has failed miserably at the major league level won’t make it any better.

  • LaundroMat

    There will STILL be people whining that LaPorta didn’t get a “real look” to “see what he can do” when what we’ll see is what we’ve always seen…

  • jmgatskiejr

    Canzler has 30+ doubles and 20 hrs. I’d much rather watch a new pilot show with better stats on a run than the same old show.

  • Not A fan

    I wonder how many opinionated commenters have actually made it to the “SHOW”?
    So sad to hear the negative attitudes. I wish you the best ML! From ML in Tampa.