Laffey gets a chance in Lewis' spot

Laffey gets a chance in Lewis' spot

Whether or not Aaron Laffey remains in the Indians' rotation beyond Wednesday won't be based solely on the left-hander's Wednesday afternoon outing against the Royals.

That's the word from manager Eric Wedge, who said he'll reevaluate everything as Cleveland tries to fill the void while Scott Lewis is on the disabled list with a mild forearm strain.

"We're not sure how it's going to play out," Wedge said. "We'll see how things go [Wednesday] and go from there. It's the whole body of work. It's about what we see when we look at his stuff and his approach. Then we'll couple that with the short period of time he had [in Triple-A] and what we saw this spring."

Laffey could certainly enhance his case if he handles a Royals' lineup that struggled against left-handers Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia last weekend.

"Lewis beat him out for that spot," Wedge said of Laffey. "Now he has the opportunity to come up here and pitch. Let's go."

Pitching matchup
CLE: LHP Aaron Laffey (2009 debut)
Laffey was in the competition for a spot in the Indians' rotation toward the end of Spring Training, but wound up starting the season at Triple-A Columbus. As the AL Rookie of the Month for May 2008, Laffey worked 34 innings with an 0.79 ERA. The Indians would love for the diminutive left-hander to flash that form again as he takes the rotation spot of Scott Lewis. Laffey surrendered six hits and five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his initial Triple-A start.

KC: RHP Sidney Ponson (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Ponson had the difficult task of facing the Yankees in his first start of the year. And he had the extra pressure of taking the mound on the same day Kansas City reopened Kauffman Stadium. Still, Ponson came away with a positive review from Royals manager Trey Hillman. Ponson went six innings and gave up four runs, while striking out five. Now he faces another test in the Indians, a team Ponson has never beaten in his Major League career. Ponson is 0-7 with a 9.15 ERA in 13 appearances against the Indians.

Travis Hafner got a night of rest on Tuesday as Wedge continues to mix and match in an effort to keep his roster sharp and fresh. ... Grady Sizemore was in the DH slot on Tuesday, with Trevor Crowe playing center field. "I wanted to get Grady off his feet at least one day in this 12-day stretch," Wedge said. ... The eight strikeouts by Carl Pavano on Tuesday marked his highest total since June 27, 2004, when he also had eight. ... Victor Martinez had two more hits on Tuesday to give him his fifth multi-hit game.

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Up next
• Thursday: Indians (Cliff Lee, 0-2, 9.90) at Yankees (CC Sabathia, 1-1, 4.50), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Indians (Anthony Reyes, 1-0, 6.00) at Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, 0-0, 1.50), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Indians (Fausto Carmona, 0-2, 9.00) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 0-2, 28.93), 3:40 p.m. ET

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.