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Indians expect to call in 'pen reinforcements

Indians expect to call in 'pen reinforcements

NEW YORK -- The Indians will make a roster move to boost their bullpen in the aftermath of Saturday's action.

Because David Huff left with one out in the third after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, manager Manny Acta had to lean heavily on his bullpen in Saturday's 13-11 win. And with the Indians just two games into a stretch of 17 games in 17 days, reinforcements are needed.

"We're talking about it," Acta said. "We're in the middle of some conversations. We expect to bring somebody up by [Sunday]."

Top candidates at Triple-A Columbus are right-handers Jensen Lewis (1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 innings) and Joe Smith (2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings), both of whom were demoted to the Clippers earlier this month. Right-hander Frank Herrmann has a sparkling 0.36 ERA in 17 appearances for Columbus this season but is not on the 40-man roster.

The Indians could have a 40-man vacancy if Grady Sizemore is moved to the 60-day disabled list. An update on the condition of his left knee is expected Sunday morning.

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