"He threw 66 pitches in the Minor Leagues," Wedge said. "Trying to make a big-league start off of that is asking for a lot. We'd like to get him up a bit higher."
Because Fausto Carmona is holding his own as a stand-in during Lee's absence, Cleveland has the luxury of not having to rush along Lee's recovery. Carmona held the Yankees to two runs on six hits over six innings in his last start, so the Indians can afford to be patient.
"We could pull him up if we needed to, we haven't made any final decisions yet," Wedge said. "But we'll probably get him one more start and get his pitch count higher so when he comes up here, he can do more."
Tight but alright: David Dellucci was held out of Sunday's lineup with a tight left calf muscle, an injury he suffered while running down a ball near the warning track in left field on Saturday night. He left the game in the sixth inning and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day, but Wedge said he expected to see Dellucci back shortly.
"We'll see how he feels," Wedge said. "He's working through it today, and he'll hopefully be available to us today."
Here's the question: Entering Sunday's game, Wedge has 326 managerial wins. Where does that put him on Cleveland's all-time win list? (See answer below.)
Hey, what gives? Cleveland slugged a Major League-tying 14 grand slams in 2006, but the Indians are just 1-for-18 [.056] with the bases loaded this season. Even worse, the Indians are only hitting .150 [16-for-107] with runners in scoring position over their last 12 games.
"That's obviously very poor," Wedge said. "We did a very good job of that last year and it's been just the opposite early on. But we'll get better with it. We have to make sure it stays fundamental, and it doesn't become mental.
"We're one hit away too many times, and we just need to get over the hump with that."
Wedge said sometimes he thinks his hitters try to do too much with runners in scoring position, resulting in pulled balls.
Down on the farm: Reliever Jason Beverlin announced his retirement following Triple-A Buffalo's 5-3 loss to Pawtucket on Saturday. The 33-year-old was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances this year. Keith Ginter drew three walks in the game, and he has now reached base safely in each of the Bisons' 13 games this season.
Tribe tidbits: As of Sunday, right-hander Fernando Cabrera still had not allowed a run to score in 8 2/3 innings. ... Right-hander Joe Borowski has saved all six games in which he had opportunities, ranking him tied for second in the AL. ... Travis Hafner entered Sunday having homered in six consecutive games against Tampa Bay. The only other active player who has a streak of that length against the same team is Ken Griffey Jr., who did it against Kansas City in 1999. ... The Indians' 3.56 bullpen ERA ranks them tied with Toronto for fifth-best in the AL. Boston leads the league with a 2.48 ERA. ... C.C. Sabathia's four or fewer earned runs in 21 straight starts trails just Andy Pettitte's 23 for the longest active streak.
And the answer is: Wedge is currently in eighth place all-time. A win on Sunday would move him into a tie for seventh place with Lee Fohl [1915-1919]. Lou Boudreau [1942-50] holds the club record with 728.
On deck: Cleveland will face Central Division foe Minnesota in Monday's 8:10 p.m. ET contest at the Metrodome. The Indians will send left-hander Jeremy Sowers (0-1, 5.17 ERA) to the mound, and he'll be opposed by veteran right-hander Carlos Silva (1-1, 2.00).