Per Castrovince Minutia:
Eric Wedge said David Dellucci should return sometime next week. The reports have been positive on Dellucci's rehab stint at Triple-A Buffalo. He's hit in all six games played, including a 3-for-4 effort last night. He's made one start in the outfield. As for who the Indians will cut loose to make room for Dellucci, I doubt it will be Trevor Crowe. It's more likely the Indians will use Dellucci's callup to go back to a 12-man pitching staff.
The first discussion is, of course, which is needed more on the active roster right now: A 5th outfielder, not counting (DeRosa or G-Raff) or the extra arm in the Pen? Then once you have decided that, who goes from that selection set?
If the answer is to keep the arms and ditch the pinch-runner, the most obvious choice would be Crowe. An argument could be made to use up Francisco’s option as well. The difference, or lack there of, between the two has been discussed before, but either could reasonably be the odd man out.
If the answer is to trim back to a more traditional 12-man pitching staff, then there are a number of ways to go. Sipp has been marvelous thus far, but in this economy sometimes the last guy in the door is the first guy out, even if he’s shown he can be pretty valuable. Chulk and Masa would need to be DFA’d. Chulk, it would seem, has shown enough that someone out there would snag him up. Masa, coming into the year, would have been an obvious choice here, but has been pretty effective so far. Perez might have been the choice a few days ago with the struggles he showed, but has come out of it somewhat in his last two outings. Smith, who has yet to show he can get lefties out, has also given up some hits and walks to righties that have been costly.
I think it’s between Crowe and Smith. What do you think?