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Pitcher Jeanmar Gomez was recently called up from AAA Columbus to take the spot of injured Mitch Talbot in the rotation. Who do you think is next in line for a promotion?
Geoff Estes: Now that Gomez has been called up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an infielder, particularly a second baseman, being called up sometime soon. Luis Valbuena and Jason Donald are still in Columbus, and Orlando Cabrera is currently the only second baseman on the roster. I just wrote last week how pleased I am with the O-Cab signing, but he is getting up there in age, meaning an injury is always a concern.
If the Indians are not ready to call up Jason Kipnis (and why rush with the way O-Cab is playing), I wouldn’t be surprised to see Valbuena or Donald called up to provide O-Cab with a day off here and there.
Jensen Lewis is always just a call away if the bullpen needs help. Overall, I am not expecting any big-name prospects call-ups, like a Chisenhall or Kipnis, too soon. I think for the time being, we are more likely to see guys like Huff or Donald, who have some major league experience, called up to plug some holes if needed.
Jim McCarthy: David Huff will be the next pitcher called up from Columbus. We already know that when he has his good stuff, the kid can be a solid Major League starter. It looks as though he is putting it together down in Columbus so far this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA with 17 innings pitched.
Cord Phelps is another guy that I see next in line for a call-up. He is off to a great start batting .327 with two HRs and nine RBI. He can also play the outfield, which helps his cause.
Alex Painter: I was a little bummed out that Travis Buck was demoted. I really liked the guy, and he was really starting the swing the bat well after a rough start. I would have to agree with both Geoff and Jim. I think an infielder is probably going to come up soon, although admittedly, I hope it is not Valbuena. David Huff started spring training well, but then then floundered, but it does look like he is putting together some quality starts down in Columbus. He will most likely be next if there is an injury in the rotation.