Acta discusses his plan for callups

Acta discusses his plan for callups

DETROIT -- Following Monday's 3-2 win over the Tigers, the Indians announced four additional September callups in pitchers Scott Maine and David Huff, and infielders Cord Phelps and Vinny Rottino. Prior to Tuesday's game, manager Manny Acta discussed how he planned to use them.

"Obviously, not every single one is going to get a look equally," Acta said. "Some of the guys are here to be taken a look at, like [Russ] Canzler, and some of the arms we called up like Maine. ... A lot of the other guys are just going to be used as we see fit."

Maine was claimed off waivers by the Tribe after being released by the Cubs. He made 21 appearances for Chicago and excelled at facing left-handed hitters. It's a small sample size, but lefties hit .130 off Maine this season, so Acta wants to give the 27-year-old a good look.

"He's got potential to be a good matchup guy out of the 'pen," Acta said.

Huff and Phelps will also be used, but in much more limited roles.

"Huff, he's going to pitch out of the 'pen, but he's not going to be a normal bullpen guy," Acta said. "He's never done that, so whenever we use him out of the 'pen, he's going to have plenty of time to prepare himself and come out and pitch. He's just here as an extra arm that's going to get a lot of work on the side with the pitching coaches here.

"[Phelps] is going to get some at-bats at second base and DH, but I just can't sit here and tell you he's going to get a look at second base, because the majority of our core group of guys is going to continue to play."

Of the four, Tribe fans will likely see Rottino the least. When asked if the 32-year-old would be primarily a guy off the bench, Acta nodded his head.