Friday, June 11, 2010

Welcome to the Bigs

Catching prospect Carlos Santana has been promoted by the Indians. The team optioned Lou Marson to make roster space.

At this time, it is unknown if he will start tonight against Washington.

Yesterday, reports came out that said Santana would be promoted to Cleveland before the All-Star Break, but few likely expected the move to be made already.

Santana was hitting .316 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs at AAA Columbus, but he only throws out 23 percent of base stealers (9-for-31), the biggest concern in his overall game.

"He's young. He's got a cannon and he wants people to see it," manager Manny Acta said to The Plain Dealer. "Sometimes he gets a little long [throwing motion] because of it. He does fine during the drills, but it changes during the game."

Marson, a key piece of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Philadelphia, has struggled in Cleveland, hitting just .191 with one home run and 12 RBIs, but he was strong defensively, throwing out an AL-leading 35 percent of base stealers (14-for-40).

Veteran Mike Redmond is Cleveland's other catcher.

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