Tribe: With Jake Westbrook hurt, Ben Francisco finally gets to ditch Buffalo


You’re up, Ben Francisco.
The Indians placed Jake Westbrook on the 15-day DL yesterday with a left intercostal strain. This is what an intercostal muscle is, and although it is located precipitously close to the stomach area where Westbrook suffered an abdominal strain last year, the Indians promise the two are not related. Then again, they promised that Borowski wasn’t hurt. To take his spot on the roster will be one young Ben Francisco, who should have made the team coming out of spring training. While not exactly lighting up the scoreboard in Buffalo, Francisco is ready for the majors and has little to nothing left to prove in the minors, where he won a batting title last year. ... The bigger question comes not only with what Francisco’s role with the team will be – namely, and hopefully, supplanting the Michaels/Dellucci platoon in left field – but what happens later this week when Aaron Laffey will be called up to take Jake Westbrook’s spot in the rotation. Are the Indians going to waste an option on Francisco by bringing him up for three games against the Royals? Nope. This probably means that the Indians will create a roster spot later this week by designating Jason Michaels for assignment and forever ridding Cleveland of his preposterous hair. That is my hope. It’s time to find out what you have in Francisco and if left field will still be a gigantic void of baseball ineptitude in July at the trade deadline, or if Francisco prefers to hit the ball far and often. – Vince the Polack


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