Indians notebook: Time for a rest for Borowski?

Andy Call

Every player in baseball is tired by Sept. 1 — except those who can’t be. Indians closer Joe Borowski considers himself among the latter group.

“There’s no time to be tired,” Borowski said Thursday night following his sixth blown save of the season. “It’s ‘go’ time.”

The numbers, however, might indicate it’s “rest” time.

Borowski worked 18 innings in August, allowing 11 earned runs (7.07 ERA),  24 hits  and walks (1.71 WHIP) and a .310 opponents’ batting average. That was far and away his worst month since April — and April wasn’t really all that bad for him. The numbers from the first month of the season are skewered by an April 19 nightmare in New York in which Borowski allowed six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of an 8-6 loss to the Yankees.

By comparison, his WHIP was 1.11 in May and 1.00 in July and his opponents’ batting average was .250 in May and .237 in July. Borowski issued one walk each in May, June and July, but six in August.

The 36-year-old right-hander was working his third consecutive game, and fourth in five days, against Seattle on Thursday.

“The only excuse I have is I didn’t get the job done,” Borowski said.

Philadelphia initially offered Borowski a two-year free-agent contract this winter, then backed off after giving him a physical. Borowski sat out most of the 2004 season with a torn rotator cuff and two months of 2005 with a fractured right forearm.

Manager Eric Wedge said he is aware of his closer’s health history, and he intends to monitor both Borowski’s and setup man Rafael Betancourt’s workloads.

“He’s obviously seen a lot of action,” Wedge said of Borowski. “When you play a lot of close games, and you play every day, and you’re winning, you’ll run into those spots.

“We still need to look at the big picture. We need to make sure we have those guys healthy.”

COMING UP  The series continues tonight at 7:05. Paul Byrd (13-5, 4.43) will start against Javier Vazquez (11-7, 3.89).

ROSTER MOVE  The Indians recalled OF Brad Snyder from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday and placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Snyder hasn’t played since July 27 due to a broken right thumb. The move allows the Indians to place Snyder on the postseason roster, where he can be replaced by another position player when the postseason begins.

REMEMBER ME?  2B Josh Barfield was back in the lineup Friday, his first start since Aug. 14. Asdrubal Cabrera, who replaced Barfield, was given a day off.

SHARP-DRESSED MAN  Indians Manager Eric Wedge often wears a blue pullover, as does Boston Manager Terry Francona. Wedge was stunned to hear Major League Baseball sent a representative into the Red Sox dugout during the second inning of Wednesday’s game in New York to confirm Francona was wearing his uniform top under his pullover, as MLB uniform regulations require. “I’d say that’s probably not the appropriate timing,” Wedge said. “I always do wear (the uniform), for the record — always.”

ON THE FARM  Single-A Kinston Manager Mike Sarbaugh has been named Manager of the Year in the Carolina League. The former Canton Indians infielder has led Kinston to an 83-52 overall record and was named the top managerial prospect in the league by his peers.

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