Minor Matters: Tribe Farmhands Honored

Two of the Indians' prospects have earned weekly honors in their respective minor leagues. Several players were shifted throughout the organization, too. Buffalo right-hander Sean Smith made both lists. He earned pitcher of the week honors in the Triple-A International League, then was sent to short-season Mahoning Valley. Kinston catcher Chris Gimenez was named Carolina League player of the week.

Smith was sent to Mahoning Valley so that catcher Yamid Haad could be called up to replace injured Mike Rose. Smith, who pitched Sunday, will be back for his next start for the Bisons in all likelihood.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.77 ERA in eight games, including five starts for Buffalo. He earned pitcher of the week honors by going 2-0 in the period of May 14-20. In 11 1/3 innings, he allowed nine hits and only one run (0.79 ERA), walking three and striking out 11.

Gimenez hit .400 (6-for-15) with four homers, 10 RBI and six runs during the week. He hit three of those homers in one game last Wednesday. His other homer came in the 10th inning Saturday to give Kinston a win.

Recent transactions:

May 13
INF Andy Lytle decided to retire.
INF Cristo Arnal transferred from Gulf Coast Indians to Lake County.
May 17
RHP Brian Sikorski's contract sold to the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League.
LHP Aaron Laffey transferred from Akron to Buffalo.
OF Ramon Hernandez placed on Lake County DL with left hamstring strain, retroactive to May 15.
OF Cirilo Cumberbatch transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County.
LHP Matt Meyer transferred from Lake County to Kinston.
RHP Austin Creps transferred from Gulf Coast Indians to Lake County.
May 18
INF Felipe Garcia decided to retire.
May 19
INF Andy Marte reinstated from Cleveland DL.
OF Franklin Gutierrez optioned from Cleveland to Buffalo.
C Mike Rose placed on Buffalo DL with right hamstring strain.
RHP Nick Pesco transferred from Mahoning Valley to Akron.
C Argenis Tavarez transferred from Gulf Coast Indians to Lake County.
May 21
C Yamid Haad transferred from Mahoning Valley to Buffalo.
RHP Sean Smith transferred from Buffalo to Mahoning Valley.
1B Michael Aubrey reinstated from Akron DL and transferred to Kinston.
C Chao-Kuan Wu placed on Kinston DL with right calf strain, retroactive to May 17.
RHP Joanniel Montero transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County.
RHP Michael Eisenberg transferred from Lake County to Mahoning Valley.

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