Josh Hamilton was named the AL Player of the Month for April on Wednesday, while right-handed starter Yu Darvish was named AL Rookie of the Month. Hamilton's virtual sweep of the offensive leaderboards included an AL-best nine home runs, 25 RBIs, 64 total bases and a .744 slugging percentage. He was second with a .395 batting average, 20 runs and 34 hits (tied) in 22 April games. Darvish became just the sixth rookie starter since 1957 to win at least four games without a loss in April. He was 4-0 in five starts in his first Major League action, tying for the league lead in wins. Indians: Damon gets start at DH
New Indians addition Johnny Damon was penciled in as the designated hitter on Thursday for Travis Hafner, who sat out against the White Sox with a sore right knee. Damon finished the night going 1-for-5. Hafner was hit on the side of the right knee by a pitch from Phil Humber in the third inning of the Indians' 6-3 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. A day later, Hafner said he was optimistic about his chances of returning to the lineup soon. "It's a lot better now," Hafner said. "It hit right where there's no fat or anything. It's all bone -- so that wasn't a great spot. But, it felt better as I was icing it between at-bats and stuff. By the end [of the game], it was doing better." Worth noting
The Rangers are 5-0 in games Lewis has pitched against Cleveland. Indians infielder Jose Lopez cleared waivers and has been sent outright to Triple-A Columbus by the Indians. Lopez, who hit .190 (4-for-21) in five games for Cleveland this season, was designated for assignment on Tuesday to clear a spot on the roster for veteran outfielder Johnny Damon.