Minor Matters: Miller Activated, 6 Others Up

Franklin Gutierrez

The Indians activated Matt Miller from the 60-day disabled and called up six players from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Meanwhile, the Class AA Akron Aeros and Class A Kinston Indians prepared for the start of their respective first-round playoff series on Wednesday night. The only Tribe affiliate still active in the regular season, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, had a four-game win streak broken.

Recalled from Buffalo, whose season ended Monday, were outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, right-handers, Brian Slocum, Jeremy Guthrie and Fausto Carmona and left-hander Rafael Perez. Cleveland also purchased the contract of lefty Juan Lara from the Bisons. He had not been on the Indians' 40-man roster.

Miller has been on the disabled list since straining his right elbow April 19 in Baltimore. He had surgery April 26 in Cleveland by Dr. Mark Schickendantz to repair a damaged flexor tendon and made three scoreless rehab appearances of one inning apiece at Buffalo and Akron from August 29-Sept. 3.

Gutierrez rejoins the Indians for the third time this year. In his two stints (June 16 to July 12 and Aug. 8-25) at Cleveland, he batted .273 (27-for-99) with 15 runs, five doubles, one homer and six RBI in 30 games.

He hit his first career homer Aug. 13 against Kansas City and batted .329 (24-for-73) with a six RBI in his last 22 games with the Indians.

At Buffalo, Gutierrez batted .278 (97-for-349) with 63 runs, 27 doubles, nine homers and 38 RBI in 90 games.

Carmona begins his third stint with the Indians in 2006. In 34 appearances, including three starts, he is 1-8 with a 5.76 ERA.

He won his Major League debut on April 15 at Detroit as a starter, but was optioned back to Buffalo on April 30.

He was recalled May 12 and made 31 appearances out of the bullpen for the Indians, going 0-6 with a 4.78 ERA before being optioned back to Buffalo on Aug. 26.

For the season at Buffalo, he was 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA in six games, including five starts.

Guthrie spent most of the season at Buffalo, going 9-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 21 games, making his only relief appearance in the Bisons' final game Monday.

This will be his fourth stint with Cleveland, where he has a 6.87 ERA, but no record in eight outings, including one start.

He was with the Indians from April 22-May 16 and again from June 13-19. He then was called up Aug. 12 to start the second game of a doubleheader against Kansas City and allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings before being sent back to Buffalo the next day.

Perez is back for his third stint with the Indians this year. He began his 2006 season in the rotation at Akron and was recalled to Cleveland on April 20. He made his Major League debut that night in Baltimore, striking out two in a hitless inning.

He was sent back to Akron on April 22 and went 4-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 12 starts for the Aeros.

Perez was recalled to Cleveland and pitched out of the bullpen from June 9-July 18. On the year at Cleveland he is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 relief appearances.

He was optioned to Buffalo on July 18 and went 0-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 appearances out of the bullpen for the Bisons.

Slocum returns to Cleveland for his second stint this year. He was recalled from Buffalo on April 21 and went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in four relief outings.

Optioned back to Buffalo on May 1, he went 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA and two saves in 27 games, including 15 starts for the Bisons. In his last nine games, all starts, he went 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA.

Lara, 25, is with the Indians for the first time. He began his season at Akron, going 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA and seven saves in 40 relief appearances. Promoted to Buffalo on July 22, he was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and one save in 13 outings. His combined numbers were 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA and eight saves in 61 innings, allowing 49 hits, 24 walks and striking out 43 in 53 outings.

Class AAA Buffalo (73-68) finished tied for third place in the North Division of the International League, 10 1/2 games back. Outfielder Jason Dubois (.275) hit safely in 17 of his final 18 games, going 24-for-71 (.338); shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (.263) hit savely in eight of his last nine games, going 11-fo4-34 (.324); second baseman Jason Alfaro (.257) and outfielder Jon Van Every (.258) both finished the season on five-game hitting streaks. Alfaro hit .318 (7-for-22) and Van Avery hit .455 (10-for-22); outfielder Ben Francisco (.278) finished with a four-game hitting streak, 2B batting .412 (7-17).

Class AA Akron (87-55) won the Southern Division of the Eastern League by 10 1/2 games and will play second-place Altoona in a best-of-five series that starts Wednesday night at Akron's Canal Park. Adam Miller (15-6, 2.84 ERA) will start for the Aeros. The right-hander his 8-1 with an 0.97 ERA in his last 10 starts since July 1, allowing only 45 hits and 17 walks over 64 2/3 innings, strking out 70. Center-fielder Brad Snyder (.270) hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games, going 22-for-57 (.386) with four homers and 11 RBI; left-fielder Brian Barton (.351) hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, batting .343 (12-for-35) with a homer and eight RBI. The Aeros will be seeking their third championship in four years. The Aeros took three of four from Portland to win it all last year and swept New Haven to win the title in 2003.

EASTERN LEAGUE PLAYOFF (FIRST ROUND) Best of Five
Akron Aeros vs. Altoona Curve

Game 1: Wednesday at Akron 7:05 p.m.
RHP Jason Roach (6-7, 6.35 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Miller (15-5, 2.75 ERA)

Game 2: Thursday at Akron 7:05 p.m.
LHP Josh Shortslef (6-2, 4.45 ERA) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (8-3, 3.53 ERA)

Game 3: Friday at Altoona 7:05 p.m. RHP Sean Smith (10-5, 3.88 ERA) vs. RHP Landon Jacobsen (14-9, 3.21 ERA)

If Necessary

Game 4: Saturday at Altoona 7:05 p.m.
RHP Jensen Lewis (1-2, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Wardell Starling (6-5, 2.80 ERA)

Game 5: Sunday at Akron 7:05 p.m.
Pitchers TBA

Class A Kinston (38-31, 47-23) won the first half championship in the Southern Division of the Carolina League, then finished second by seven games to Salem in the second half. The Indians compiled the best overall record in the league at 85-54 and start the best-of-three first round of the playoffs at Salem on Wednesday night. Left-hander Chuck Lofgren (17-5, 2.32 ERA) will start the opener. Shortstop Argenis Reyes has hit in 10 of his last 11 games, going 16-for-37 (.421) with two homers and four RBI; third baseman Rodney Choy Foo (.293) hit in 15 of his last 20 games, going 22-for-75 (.293) with five homers and 19 RBI; and second baseman Micah Schilling has hit in seven of his last 11 games, going 12-for-40 (.300) with eight runs and five RBI.

CAROLINA LEAGUE PLAYOFF (FIRST ROUND) Best of Three

Kinston Indians vs. Salem Avalanche

Game 1: Wednesday at Salem 7:07 p.m.
LHP Chuck Lofgren (17-5, 2.32 ERA) vs. RHP Jimmy Barthmaier (11-8, 3.62 ERA)

Game 2: Thursday at Kinston 7:00 p.m.
RHP Rory Shortell (8-7, 3.23 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Lewis (3-3, 1.48 ERA)

If Necessary

Game 3: Friday at Kinston 7:00 p.m.
RHP Felipe Paulino (9-7, 4.35 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Ness (9-6, 3.62 ERA)

Class A Lake County (35-33, 29-41) finished in third place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League in the second half. Left-fielder Mike Butia hit in 11 of his last 13 games, going 17-for-53 (.321) with five homers and 10 RBI; catche Max Ramirez hit in 13 of his last 15 games, going 17-for- 55 (.309) with a homer and 12 RBI; and first baseman Fernando Pacheco hit in nine of his final 12 games, going 14-for-46 (.304).

Class A Mahoning Valley (37-35) lost at Williamsport, 5-2, snapping a four-game winning streak. William Delage (4.34 ERA) fanned five over five scoreless innings, allowing three hits without a walk. Andy Woods (1-2, 9.74) then gave up four runs in only one-third of an inning. Dan Frega (7.50) didn't give up a hit, but walked two and allowed a run over the final 2 2/3 innings. Andy Lytle (.296) hit a solo homer, his first, and Kelly Edmundson (.196) doubled home the Scrappers' other run. Mahoning Valley has two games remaining in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League, both at first-place Auburn.

Rookie League Burlington (34-33) finished in third place in the East Division of the Appalachian League.

GCL Indians (21-29) finished in fourth place in the Gulf Coast League.

DSL Indians (44-27): finished second in the Bocachica Division of the Dominican Summer League. They lost to the DSL Yankees 6-5 in 10 innings, dropping their playoff series 2-1.

Here are the stats for the DSL team:
PLAYER, POS		G     HR     RBI    SB     AVG.
Kelvin Diaz, 3b		58     9     62      4     .382	
Isaias Velasquez, inf	71     0     20     25     .292	
Angel Rodriguez, of	71     0     39      7     .290
Orlando Medina, of		42     0     13      4     .273
Luis Polonia, inf-of	46     0     27      1     .267
Jose Burdiel, of		35     0      7      6     .255
Karexon Sanchez, inf-of	70     6     35     22     .253
Cesar Santos, of		24     0      4      1     .240
Jesus Brito, inf		69     2     33      5     .223
Ronald Rivas, ss		65     1     18      5     .220
Nelson Sinfonte, c		 3     0      2      2     .222
Rafael Quintero, c-inf	45     2      9      0     .181
Darling Read, of		55     1     21      2     .179
David Duarte, c		47     0     17      1     .161

PITCHER, L/R		W     L     BB      K     ERA
Santo Frias, R		4     4     18     44     1.46
Luis Solano, R		4     2     17     46     1.98
Jose Urena, L		5     6     27     40     2.26
Anillins Martinez, L	7     0     29     75     2.28
Wilfredo Ramirez, L	8     1     13     70     2.31
Jose Pena, R		2     0     14     23     2.75
Sandy Mendez, R		2     1     12     39     3.07
Emenjildo Arias, L		4     0     21     29     3.09
Freddy Mateo, L		0     1     17     12     4.63
Juan Diaz, R		1     2     15     16     4.76
Carlos Arias, R		4     3     12     32     5.44
Angel Barrios, R		2     2     30     29     5.57
Jose Jimenez, R		1     2     16     17     6.81
Denny Montero, R		0     3     11      7     9.42
	

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