Rosen Recalled After Successful Minor League Season
Mike B. | On 15, Feb 2014
Al Rosen, the American Association’s batting champion and league’s most valuable rookie, joined the Indians yesterday.
Indians manager Lou Boudreau said he would not hesitate to use Rosen as a pinch-hitter in the Tribe’s stretch run, but he did not expect him or the four other farmhands recalled yesterday to see much serious playing time.
The 23-year old Miami, Fla. third baseman who hit .327 for Kansas City this season was in uniform Friday afternoon for the Indians 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers, however, he did not play. Rosen is nursing an injured knee and is day-to-day. He should be able to pinch-hit, if called upon.
Rosen is the second top prospect the Indians have recalled lately. Ray Boone was recalled from Oklahoma City last week where he hit .353 for the season. Boone is added insurance for Boudreau, who has been nursing a sore hand. The Indians also recalled pitchers Bob Kuzava and Ernie Groth from Baltimore and pitcher Mike Garcia and catcher Ray Murray from Oklahoma City.
Garcia is a highly touted, husky right-hander who posted a 15-15 record at Oklahoma City this season for a second division club. Murray batted .280 with the same team and has seen some sparse time with the Indians earlier this season when Joe Tipton was injured.
Rosen may have been recalled earlier if not for a preseason deal with the New York Yankees. As part of the deal to acquire pitcher Butch Wensloff before the season, the Indians agreed to loan Rosen to the Yankees’ farm team in Kansas City with the promise that he would play the entire season. Wensloff appeared in just one game with the Tribe. On May 4 he allowed two runs in an inning and two-thirds, taking the loss in extra innings to the Philadelphia Athletics. He was later released.
No outfielder was recalled to the Indians farm system despite the injury to Larry Doby. Doby, despite a 20-game hitting streak, is sidelined with a sore right hand and is not expected to play in today’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Thurman Tucker is likely to play center field in Doby’s place today and since the Indians are carrying seven healthy outfielders, an addition isn’t needed even with the luxury of expanded rosters.