Sowers So-So vs. Dodgers' Minor Leaguers

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. -- Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey each pitched for Triple-A Columbus in a minor-league game Sunday against players from the Los Angeles Dodgers system. Dodgers manager Joe Torre watched the game from behind home plate. He got a look at some players on the bubble for his roster as well as seeing some of Cleveland's prospects along with lefties Sowers and Laffey.

Sowers, who is out of options and missed time early in camp with a sore shoulder, gave up three hits and one run over three innings. He walked two, struck out two and made 39 pitches. His top speed was only 86 mph and he threw first-pitch strikes to six of 13 batters.

Sowers will either have to make the Indians' roster as a reliever, be put on waivers, or go to the disabled list. Since he has been pitching, it doesn't seem as if his shoulder has been flaring up. He would have to clear waivers in order to be sent to Columbus and that seems very unlikely, too, for the 2004 first-round draft choice.

When at his best, Sowers can throw his fastball in the low 90s. He was nowhere near that Sunday, which means that he may have some shoulder issues and could open the year on the DL.

Laffey, who already has been named as the long man in Cleveland's bullpen by manager Manny Acta, gave up three hits and one run over two innings. He topped out at 88 mph, made first-pitch strikes to only three of eight batters and struck out one.

Hector Ambriz worked one very perfect inning. He was 3-for-3 on first-pitch strikes and topped out at 93 mph, needing only 11 pitches total to get three outs.

The Indians have another decision to make with the right-hander. They selected him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft, but seem to have no room for him on the big-league roster. In order to send him to the minors, he would have to be offered back to the Diamondbacks. If Arizona refused him, the Tribe could stash him in the minors.

Right-hander Josh Judy again looked sharp. He struck out three over two innings, allowing two hits. He was 5-for-7 on first-pitch strikes and topped out at 92 mph.

Mike Gosling worked one perfect inning, fanning two. He was 2-for-3 on first-pitch strikes and hit 87 mph.

Jared Goedert had two of Columbus' five hits, including an RBI double. Stephen Head had a double, while Jose Constanza and Josh Rodriguez each had singles. Constanza was 2-for-2 in steal attempts.

Double-A Akron lost to a team of Dodgers prospects, 3-1. Outfielder Tim Fedroff went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the offense.

Jeanmar Gomez battled back from bad counts to strike out five over four innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). He hit 91 on the radar gun, but was only 8-for-18 on first-pitch strikes.

Frank Herrmann was sharp, hitting 93 mph and averaging 91 for his 22 pitches over two innings. He fanned two, allowed one hit and was 5-for-7 on first-pitch strikes.

Jess Todd was 8-for-10 on first-pitch strikes, but gave up two hits and one run over 1 2-3 innings. He walked one, fanned three and topped out at 90 mph.

Steven Wright was 3-for-3 on first-pitch strikes, topped out at 90 mph and gave up one hit over one scoreless inning.

Right-handers Trey Haley and Joey Mahalic were each a little erratic over in a Class A matchup.

Haley hit 95 on the gun and averaged 92 mph, but needed 64 pitches to get through 3 2-3 innings. He was 9-for-19 on first-pitch strikes, gave up six hits, three runs and two walks and fanned two.

Mahalic was 12-for-18 on first-pitch strikes and topped out at 92 mph, but walked four and gave up seven runs (six earned) over 3 1-3 innings. He allowed four hits and fanned four.

Mahoning Valley lost to a team of Cincinnati Reds prospects 5-4. Roman Pena had an RBI double, Nate Recknagel singled in two runs and Moises Montero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Vidal Nuno and Dale Dickerson both went 3-for-3 on first-pitch strikes over one perfect inning apiece. Nuno fanned two, topped out at 88 mph and needed 10 pitches. Dickerson used only six pitches, topped out at 89 and fanned one.

Francisco Jimenez gave up three hits and three runs over two innings. He was 7-for-11 on first-pitch strikes, topped out at 89 mph, walked two and fanned three.

Jose Flores topped out at 94 mph, but gave up three hits and two runs over one inning while Tyler Sturdevant topped out at 92 mph and Jose Campos hit 91 mph. Both pitched one scoreless inning.