04/26/2003 12:50 PM ET
Tribe notes: Bradley goes on DL
Jody Gerut makes Major League Debut
By Damin Esper / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Milton Bradley's strained right hamstring forced the center fielder to the disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to April 23. Bradley has been a bright spot for the Indians, batting .375, which ranked fourth in the American League entering Saturday. According to Indians manager Eric Wedge, Bradley is expected to return when he's eligible to come off the DL on May 8 at Anaheim.
"It's a significant strain in the hamstring," Wedge said. "If he has to over-extend himself, he could tear it. It's a risk/reward thing."
To replace Bradley, Cleveland called up outfielder Jody Gerut from Triple-A Buffalo where he hit .277. He was leading the International League with 19 RBIs. Gerut, who played college ball at nearby Stanford, made his Major League debut on Saturday, grounding out to second in his first at-bat. He also made a great diving try for Miguel Tejada's sinking liner in the third inning, coming up just short. Tejada was credited with a single.
"It's a great opportunity for him to come up here and break into the big leagues," Wedge said of Gerut. "It's worked out nicely for him that his debut would be a few miles down the road from where he played college ball."
Wedge said Gerut's strengths are a good arm and a professional approach to baseball.
"Whether it was a left-hander or a right-hander on the mound (in Spring Training), he had quality at-bats," Wedge said.
Work out: Right-handed pitcher Jason Bere, who has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season, will pitch a simulated game on Sunday morning. Bere will throw about 50 pitches, according to Wedge. He added that if Bere comes out of the session healthy, he'll probably have three rehabilitation assignments in the minors before rejoining the Indians in mid-May. Bere was signed to a one-year contract during the offseason.
Wedge said the expectations for the simulated game were very basic.
"Just to be healthy, just to feel good" Wedge said. "He's throwing all his pitches."
Wedge added that the rehabilitation outings would progress from three to four to five innings.
Thievery: Entering Saturday's game, shortstop Omar Vizquel needed one more stolen base to tie Terry Turner for second on the Indians all-time list at 254. Kenny Lofton is No. 1 with 450. Vizquel entered Saturday's game with 1,416 hits and 793 runs scored in his career. Both rank him 10th in Cleveland history.
Quick start, slow finish: Before Saturday's game, the Indians were hitting .276 in innings 1-6, and .199 thereafter.
Strong arms: The Indians' starting rotation entered play on Saturday with an ERA of 3.90, fifth-best in the American League.
Staying alive: Second baseman Brandon Phillips made the start Saturday despite his bruised right wrist.
Just short: The Indians are 1-8 in games decided by one or two runs this season.
Short work: The Indians have played two games of two hours, four minutes on this trip -- Friday's 5-2 loss to the Athletics and Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Seattle. Cleveland entered Saturday with an average nine-inning game time of 2:30, 24 minutes faster than last year.
Coming up: Cleveland finishes up its 10-game road trip on Sunday with C.C. Sabathia facing Tim Hudson. Sabathia (0-2, 4.06 ERA) grew up in nearby Vallejo, but he hasn't fared well against Oakland, with an 0-1 record and a 19.06 ERA in two starts. Sabathia had a no-decision in his last start at Seattle, going five innings an allowing eight hits and three earned runs in an 8-5 loss. Oakland's Hudson (2-1, 3.63) is 10-1 with a 2.31 ERA over his last 16 starts dating back to last August 3. His 55 wins since 2000 are the most in the American League.
Damin Esper is a contributing writer to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.