Rottino wears gloves for every occasion

Rottino wears gloves for every occasion

Rottino wears gloves for every occasion
KANSAS CITY -- Vinny Rottino sat in front of his locker inside the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning, with a pair of overflowing equipment bags resting at his feet.

There are men of many hats. Rottino is a man of many gloves.

"I've got a lot of gloves," said Rottino, who is currently filling a utility role for the Indians. "I have one for catching, one for the outfield, first base, the infield, and I have backups for each. So, maybe eight?"

For Thursday's game against the Royals, Rottino needed his outfield gamer. Manager Manny Acta penciled Rottino in as Cleveland's left fielder and slotted him into the seven spot in the starting lineup.

Rottino, who was promoted to the big leagues on Wednesday after the Indians placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on Major League Baseball's paternity list, was happy to be thrown into the mix right away.

"Absolutely, yeah," Rottino said. "You don't want to sit around and wait. I'm ready to go. I've been playing well down in Columbus and I'm looking forward to this opportunity."

The Indians claimed the 32-year-old Rottino off waivers from the Mets on June 27 and he appeared in 30 games for Triple-A Columbus, hitting .299 with four home runs, nine doubles and 32 RBIs. He has hit .188 in parts of five big league seasons between tours with the Brewers, Marlins and Mets.

"He's got good energy," Acta said. "I know that some of the people with the Mets, when they lost him, they kind of felt like they lost a good player."

Acta noted that Hafner is scheduled to rejoin the Indians on Saturday in Detroit, and the club will need to make a roster move to activate him from the paternity list. If Rottino is the odd-man out, he will need to be designated for assignment, because he is out of options. Cleveland may, however, examine other alternatives for adding Hafner.