Recall that Barfield has had all of six at-bats since being called up to the bigs. The injury to the second baseman is being described as “left long finger pain.” While this opens up a ton of opportunities to joke about fans and their “left long finger,” I’ll leave that for you guys in the comments. Martinez, who has been experiencing nagging hamstring troubles since the opening weekend, is being shelved with right elbow inflammation.
The odd thing is in the two players that the Indians are calling up to take their spot on the 40-man roster: catcher Yamid Haad and infielder Jorge Velandia. Neither is a top prospect, nor are players that many have even heard of before.
Velandia, a shortstop, has split the season between Triple-A Syracuse (Toronto) and Buffalo. He’s 33-years old and is quite the journeyman, having played for Oakland, San Diego, New York Mets, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.
Haad has been in the league for 14 years and has played in 18 total games at the big league level. He’s currently hitting .159 for Triple-A Buffalo. Wow. I’m lost for words there.
Odds are that we won’t see much of either of these guys. In fact, Wyatt Toregas is currently listed as a catcher on the 40-man roster, so he’d likely be the immediate backup for Kelly Shoppach. Jamey Carroll is now the full-time second baseman, and will have to avoid all injury as the other infielders (aside from Velandia) are all corner men.
While the two guys that have been added to the roster will likely not make an impact, this move definitely makes things a lot harder to take. Would a team that’s attempting to stay in the hunt call up guys that are not expected to make an impact? Or is this simply due to the lack of options that we have in our farm system?
Hopefully, Cabrera gets his swing back soon and this is all in the rear view. Wishful thinking?
Update: I really want to add this quote in here, so I’ll just toss it out there:
After the game, manager Eric Wedge revealed that the elbow had flared up on Martinez during the at-bat and that the catcher has been battling the elbow problem all season.
So, you mean to tell me that on top of the hamstring problem, he’s had elbow issues ALL season? The team page is also tossing around the word “surgery.” This isn’t going to end well – just a hunch.
Update II: Just as suspected. Martinez will undergo surgery tomorrow, will miss 6-8 weeks. Oh joy.