Tribe News and Notes: August 12, 2012

August 3, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) pitches during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Detroit won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Kipnis to miss Red Sox series with neck pain | indians.com: News

The description used was "persistent neck pain," and because that neck pain, Jason Donald will be playing second base this afternoon. Kipnis was scheduled to see a doctor yesterday, so I suppose we'll know today whether there's anything serious about the injury.

Ivan Nova Strikes Out 10 Before Yankees Put Sabathia on Disabled List - NYTimes.com

Why am I linking a Yankees news piece? Because of this nugget:

To fill the void left by Phelps, the Yankees agreed to terms with Derek Lowe to pitch out of the bullpen.

The 39-year-old Lowe, who had helped the Boston Red Sox to their American League Championship Series comeback over the Yankees in 2004, was released by the Indians on Friday after being designated for assignment. He was 8-10 with a 5.52 earned run average with the Indians.

Lowe is expected to join the team Monday.

CC Sabathia is going on the Disabled List, this time with elbow inflammation, so the Yankees are looking for stopgaps, and Lowe apparently fit the bill. He's not going into the rotation (David Phelps will be starting in Sabathia's place), but into the bullpen to serve as a longman. So he'll likely be on the club when the Yankees come to Cleveland in two weeks.

Five Questions ... with Indians reliever Cody Allen | cleveland.com

Paul Hoynes' brief interview with Cody Allen, who is being groomed for a more important role next season. He and Rogers could make Chris Perez expendable this winter, but for now it's nice to have a front end of the bullpen that can hold a small deficit.

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