But upon further review, manager Eric Wedge probably made the right choice, although not the most popular, in taking Lewis out after 8 innings. Lewis underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery while at Ohio State in 2003 before being drafted in the third round by Cleveland in 2004. He was limited to six starts in 2005 because of biceps tendinitis, then spent most of the 2006 season on a limited pitch count before finally pitching a full season last year with Double-A Akron.
This spring training, however, Lewis strained a back muscle and was forced to stay in extended spring training until early June. He combined to go 8-4 with a 2.53 ERA for Akron and Triple-A Buffalo before finally making his way to the Indians. When interviewed after the game, he showed tremendous poise (similar to his poise on the mound) and professionalism in the way he handled the questions put to him, especially on being removed after the 8th. "I expected that." he said, "I am on a pitch count. I can't be disappointed about anything today." Well said, Scott! Here is hoping Scott Lewis sticks around through September. He looks like the real deal!
That's OK, we can handle those guys anyway!
We have our own construction taking place in Goodyear, Arizona as our new spring training facility is coming together...
The major league field will be ready for spring. The practice fields are already done!
The locker rooms are coming along as well. What a great place to visit!