CLEVELAND— As injuries continue to mount for the Cleveland Indians, their manager has a unique plan to come up with an additional fresh body.
Manny Acta, 42, batted .257 with 35 RBI just twenty seasons ago with the A Burlington Astros. That's the A Burlington Astros, not a specific Burlington Astro—although Acta has been referred to many times as "The Astro." Reached for comment Friday evening, Acta conceded "I would never compare myself to a great like Chris Hatcher but, yeah, I was probably better than Benny, Smithy, Smithy and Chavy."
General Manager Chris Antonetti told a media gathering this morning that he was looking forward to "plugging [Acta] in" and "laughing hysterically at the computer screen" but said "Our assets just went up infinitely, because previously we had no fresh bodies and now we have one."
He said making the roster move would be difficult but thankfully there is a pitcher on the 40-man roster who couldn't get out hitters in AAA Columbus.
Corey Kluber is that man, and he did not seem happy with the recent development. "I got traded for a guy who keeps hitting grand slams, and I say 'that could be me–I could be that guy' but I guess there's always room for me in Ed Wade's Houston [bull]pen."
"I mean, come on—I got one batter out in my minor league career, and that was Manny Acta," Kluber added. "I can see why even Eddie had no use for him."
The Indians hope Kluber is wrong and Acta's ability to swat doubles and snag grounders remains in tact. Until he gets injured.