The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that Travis Hafner, the Cleveland DH who was rehabbing with the Aeros in the Southern Division Series, is scheduled to re-join the Indians today and will not be playing in the Eastern League Championship Series.
Hafner played a large role in Akron beating the Bowie Baysox in four games, hitting a grand slam in Game 3 and a three-run home run in Game 4.
Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, the paper is also reporting that the Aeros’ #1 starter, Scott Lewis, has been summoned to the big leagues and will start for the Indians on Wednesday.
Scott Lewis (Photo: Mike Ashmore)
Lewis, who dominated the Thunder in his final regular season Double-A start on August 9th, started Game 1 of the Eastern League Southern Division Series on Wednesday and allowed three runs on a walk and seven hits in a no-decision against the Baysox.
But he was flat-out masterful at Waterfront Park earlier this season, giving up just one unearned run on four hits in seven and two thirds innings in a 3-1 Aeros win.
He was in line to take the ball for Game 1 of the finals on Wednesday.
No word on if/when there will be any corresponding roster moves for Akron, and how it would affect the starting rotation.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com