CLEVELAND -- Matt LaPorta has been given multiple chances to prove he can be the first baseman of the future for the Indians. Cleveland plans on giving him another opportunity to force his way back into the picture.
On Friday, the Indians promoted LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus and optioned reliever Frank Herrmann to the same affiliate. Tribe manager Manny Acta said the club plans on taking a close look at LaPorta over the final six weeks of this season.
"He's going to get plenty of at-bats the rest of the way," Acta said. "He deserves, and we deserve, to give him an extended look for the rest of the year."
LaPorta, 27, has spent most of this year at Triple-A after serving as Cleveland's main first baseman in each of the past two seasons. With Columbus, he hit .264 with 19 home runs, 19 doubles and 62 RBIs in 101 games. He split his time between first base, designated hitter and left field.
In parts of four big league seasons with the Indians, LaPorta has hit .237 with 30 home runs and 115 RBIs over 272 games.
Acta said LaPorta, who was in the lineup at first base for Friday's game against the Yankees, will see most of his action at first and DH down the stretch with Cleveland. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said LaPorta will ultimately control how much time he sees on the field.
"Matt's performance, in a lot of ways, will dictate it," Antonetti said. "There's an opportunity in front of him. Now it's incumbent upon Matt to go out and earn additional opportunities."