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Healing in Cleveland
Manuel released from hospital; Lofton, Colon activated
Posted: Friday May 12, 2000 06:22 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians are completely healed -- for now.
All-Stars Bartolo Colon and Kenny Lofton were activated from the 15-day disabled list and in Cleveland's starting lineup for Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Colon, who hasn't pitched since April 15 because of a pulled muscle in his rib cage, made his fourth start of the season. The right-hander was 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA before injuring himself in a start against the Texas Rangers.
Lofton, out since April 30 with a strained left biceps, was back batting leadoff and in center field.
After surprising the Indians by returning from offseason shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff earlier than expected, Lofton aggravated an already-sore biceps during an April 26 game in Seattle on a failed bunt attempt.
Lofton was batting .232 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 15 games before getting hurt. His biceps injury is not related to his shoulder surgery.
The Indians also got good news on manager Charlie Manuel, who was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday, one week after undergoing surgery to have his colon reattached.
Acting manager Grady Little, the Indians' bench coach, said he spoke with Manuel on Friday. The Indians don't expect Manuel back for another week, but Little said Manuel might have other plans.
"I wouldn't be surprised to have him back out here in two or three days," Little said.
The Indians are finally starting to get healthy. Earlier this week, starting catcher Sandy Alomar returned from a stint on the DL.
The injuries and Manuel's absence may have contributed to Cleveland's early-season struggles. Before blowing away Kansas City 16-0 on Thursday night, the Indians had dropped eight of 11 games and slipped into third place in the AL Central for the first time since May of 1997.
"We've been having trouble with the consistency of the day-to-day operation," said Little. "When everyone gets back we can get some kind of consistency and get to rolling."
Witt's designation means the Indians have 10 days to trade, release or outright the 14-year veteran. Witt, who was brought to training camp as a non-roster invitee, made the Indians' 25-man roster following an impressive spring and was being used in long relief and as a spot starter.
In two starts, Witt was 0-1 with a 7.63 ERA and opponents were batting a beefy .394 against him.
Whiten appeared in six games for the Indians, batting .286 with one double and one RBI. His two misplays on fly balls in the ninth inning on May 3 cost the Indians a win against the New York Yankees.