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Indians' Prospect Faces Career-Ending Surgery

Indians pitching prospect Adam Miller is facing career-threatening surgery on his middle finger.

He is expected to undergo surgery on the finger this coming week.

According to the Plain-Dealer, the best case scenario for Miller would be a return to baseball action in 6-9 months.

"Adam played catch again (last) Monday and experienced pain in the right middle finger," head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "With an increase in intensity, the symptoms returned. He will visit Dr. (Tom) Graham on Monday in Baltimore to discuss surgical options. At this point, it seems like surgery is indicated."

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

Report: Indians Could Trade Lee

There have been reports that the Indians could trade pitcher Cliff Lee at some point this season.

Lee, who won the AL Cy Young award in 2008, has struggled slightly to begin the new season.

"Multiple officials familiar with the Indians said this week that they wouldn't be at all surprised to see Lee get traded if the Indians fell far out of the race," according to an article on CBSSports.com.

Cleveland might look to trade Lee sooner rather than later while he value is still rather high.

Via Akron Beacon-Journal

Pavano Pitches Tough Against Yankees

Carl Pavano, who was railed often during his time in New York, pitched very well against the Yankees on Sunday and left the game with a lead.

"He'd shown me plenty of toughness," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "If ever there was a day to have thick skin, today was the day. I told him this was his ballgame, he'd earned that."

Pavano struck out Nick Swisher in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded to preserve his lead, but the Yankees eventually won 7-3 after Cleveland's bullpen collapsed.

"It just says I feel a lot better than I did when I was with them," said Pavano. "I don't feel like I have to prove anything to the fans, to the people here. I have a great team behind me and I have their support and that's all I need."

Via Hartford Courant

Manny: I Was Joking About Going Back To Cleveland

Manny Ramirez cleared up a Monday report that suggested he would like to play for the Cleveland Indians again.

"I was joking," Ramirez says. "I was talking to Jim Thome in spring training and saying wouldn't it be sweet to be together again one day in Cleveland.

Via Los Angeles Times

Manny Would Love To Finish Career In Cleveland

Manny Ramirez says a return to the Cleveland Indians before he retires would be ideal.

"I would like to play for Cleveland one more time, to go back where I started," Ramirez told USA Today. "I have so many good memories there, why not?

"I think to go back where you started is everyone's dream."

According to USA Today, Ramirez talked to Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome this spring about an eventual return to Cleveland, telling his Indians teammate from 1993-2000 that if they were free agents after this season they should consider a reunion.

"Manny was very sincere when he brought that up to me," Thome said, according to the newspaper. "Manny was saying how special that would be for us to both go back together. He was very passionate. Baseball's such a weird thing. You never know what's going to happen."


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