Inside the Wigwam

By: T.J. Zuppe

A Ramirez Back in Cleveland (Not Named Alexei):

The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a waiver claim that sends outfielder Manny Ramirez to Chicago on Monday. The White Sox agreed to pay the remaining 3.8 million dollars, and will not have to give up any prospects in the waiver deal. Ramirez is not expected to arrive in Cleveland until Monday evening, too late for him to make his first appearance as a member of the White Sox, and will have to wait until Tuesday to make his debut.

Ramirez Back in Cleveland

On the season, Ramirez was hitting .311, with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in, in 196 at-bats over 66 games with the Dodgers.

Ramirez spent the better part of eight seasons in Cleveland with the Indians between 1993 and 2000. In his career with the Tribe, he was a .313 hitter, with 236 home runs and 804 RBI. That included five seasons in which he topped the century mark in RBI.

Arguably, his best year as a member of the Indians was 1999, when he .333, with 44 home runs and led the league in RBI, with 165 runs driven in. He also hit a career-high 45 home runs as a member of the Indians in 1998 (also reached that feat as a member of the Red Sox in 2005).

Latest on LaPorta:

Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta was pulled from the game on Sunday, after aggravating his surgically repaired left hip. According to Indians manager Manny Acta, it was muscular, and unrelated to the surgery that took place “inside the hip”. The Indians are continuing to evaluate LaPorta, and will not be in the lineup on Monday against the White Sox (Andy Marte to replace at first).

On the season, Laporta is batting .234 with nine homers and 34 runs driven in.

Brantley Streak Snapped:

Indians Outfielder Michael Brantley

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had his modest eight-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. He was called on to pinch-hit for clean-up hitter Shelley Duncan, and struck out looking with two men on base. Despite the strike out, things have been much better for the young outfielder in his third stint with the team this year. Since returning from Class-AAA Columbus, Brantley continues to impress and look as if he belongs in the big-leagues, hitting .309 (21-68), with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 11 runs batted in, in 17 games with the Tribe.

The Indians will continue to give him looks at the top of the order, and as long as Brantley continues to play well, he looks to head into the off-season as a regular heading into next season, as a member of the new, young core.

E-6 Say What?

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had his 33-game errorless streak come to a halt on Sunday, when he had a miscue in the field, in the Royals 6-2 victory at Progressive Field. He had not made an error since July 21st in Minnesota.

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