Indians notebook: Dellucci just wants to play something

Andy Call

There was some bad news Monday for pitchers in the WWL.

“I’ll play in the Westlake Wiffleball League if they’ve got that going on right now,” David Dellucci said. “I just want some competition. I want to play in a game bad.”

Cleveland’s 33-year-old outfielder has been on the disabled list since June 19, when he suffered a torn left hamstring. More than two months has passed, but Dellucci has yet to play in a game. He reinjured the hamstring 10 days ago during a running drill and is still at least a couple weeks away from returning.

“I can run pain-free in a straight line at about 60 percent,” Dellucci said. “I could get a hit and run all the way down the baseline into right field, no problem.”

His normal day includes a workout routine that lasts from noon to 6 p.m. His workload involves strength and flexibility exercises, running and hitting in the underground batting cages.

Dellucci then watches the games, either from the Indians dugout or at home on TV.

“I’ve watched every pitch, every inning,” Dellucci said.

This has been a lost summer for the Louisiana native, who contributed little in 53 games before being injured (.234, 4 home runs, 20 RBIs). He is still hoping for a happy ending, however — a place on Cleveland’s postseason roster if the Indians qualify.

“The playoffs kind of up the ante quite a bit,” Dellucci said. “I just want to be back before the season ends. That’s the most important thing.”

Because Dellucci has been on the active major league roster all season, he could be placed on the postseason roster Friday, then replaced by another position player if not fully recovered.

“It’s up to my body,” Dellucci said. “Obviously, they’re not going to carry a guy who can’t run.”

Nope, not even in the Westlake Wiffleball League.


The series continues tonight at 7:05. Jake Westbrook (4-7, 4.40) will start against Boof Bonser (6-10, 4.76).


C.C. Sabathia was leading the American League in innings pitched (197) through Sunday. Sam McDowell (305 in 1970) was the last Indians pitcher to lead the AL in innings, sharing the lead with Jim Palmer. The last Cleveland pitcher to lead the league outright was Early Wynn (270 2/3) in 1954.


The Twins carried a five-game win streak into Monday and have won nine of their last 12 to pull within 5 1/2 games of the division-leading Indians. “I’ve been pretty consistent in saying there will be three teams in this all the way to the end,” Indians Manager Eric Wedge said.


Joe Borowski picked up his 37th save Sunday, a career high. Borowski saved 36 saves for the Florida Marlins in 2006. The right-hander came into Monday tied with Seattle’s J.J. Putz for the league lead.


The Indians announced nine players will join the Surprise Rafters for the Arizona Fall League. They are RHP T.J. Burton, Michael Finocchi, Randy Newsom, Rich Rundles and Jeff Stevens, LHP David Huff, C Chris Gimenez, 1B Michael Aubrey and OF Trevor Crowe. Kinston coach Jon Nunnally will be a member of the Surprise staff. The season runs from Oct. 9 to Nov. 17.

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