He's gone: The Indians didn't find a taker for Roberto Hernandez, who was designated for assignment last week, so the reliever was given his unconditional release on Thursday.
That means the club will be eating what remains of Hernandez's one-year, $3.5 million contract. It was said at the time he was designated that he wouldn't be sent to the Minors. Hernandez had a 6.23 ERA in 26 innings of work this season.
Change in plans? Closer Joe Borowski's vacation plans are like those of any other American. He wants to spend four days in New Jersey. OK, so maybe that's not the prime vacation destination in the United States. But it's Borowski's home state, and it's where he'd like to unwind midseason. But given that his 21 saves rank second in the AL only to the 22 put up by J.J. Putz of the Mariners and Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels, Borowski has to be considered a contender for an All-Star berth. Tigers manager Jim Leyland's selections of reserves and pitchers will be announced Sunday. "I don't expect it at all," Borowski said. "It's an afterthought to me. If it happens, it happens. If not, I've got four days of vacation in New Jersey." Tribe tidbits: Dellucci was scheduled to have surgery to remove a tendon from his injured hamstring Thursday. He is still expected to make a full recovery from the injury in about seven weeks. ... Oakland designated hitter Jack Cust was a journeyman Minor Leaguer before this season, in which the Indians have made him look like the second coming of Babe Ruth. Cust entered Thursday batting .391 (9-for-23) with five homers and 15 RBIs in six games against the Tribe this season. ... The Indians have signed 47th-round pick Kevin Rucker, an outfielder from Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria, Calif., to a Minor League deal. Down on the farm: Beau Mills, the Tribe's No. 1 draft pick this year, has moved up from short-season Mahoning Valley to Class A Lake County. Mills went 5-for-28 at the plate in eight games with the Scrappers. ... Triple-A Buffalo was rained out Wednesday. ... Double-A Akron got a strong start from Reid Santos, who gave up a run on five hits in five innings, en route to a 7-1 win over Binghamton. Designated hitter Jordan Brown homered and drove in three runs. ... Kevin Dixon gave up just two runs (one earned) on three hits in 5 2/3 innings in Class A Kinston's 3-2 win over Frederick. ... Infielder Matt Whitney, a first-round sandwich pick in 2002, has been promoted from Lake County to Kinston. And the answer is: Johnny Allen won 15 straight in 1937 and Gaylord Perry won 15 straight in 1974. On deck: The Indians' eight-game homestand continues at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday, when they open a four-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Right-hander Jake Westbrook (1-3, 7.08 ERA) will get the start opposite right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-8, 7.39 ERA).
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less