The Cleveland Indians are winning ball games, but losing players in the process.
The Indians will be without shortstop Omar Vizquel as they attempt to complete a sweep of their three game series with the San Diego Padres at Jacobs Field. Vizquel will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday, and will likely miss at least three weeks.
Vizquel injured his knee while sliding into home plate during the seventh inning of Cleveland’s 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last Friday.
An MRI taken Wednesday revealed torn cartilage in Vizquel’s knee.
“I thought it was just a little sore,” said Vizquel, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Cleveland’s 3-2 win against San Diego on Wednesday. “It’s hard to go on the DL.”
Losing Vizquel for any time is a blow to the Indians on the field and in the clubhouse.
The nine-time Gold Glove winner is one of the few veterans left on Cleveland’s roster, and is being counted on to help mentor the Indians’ youngsters.
On Tuesday, the club placed designated hitter Ellis Burks on the 15-day disabled list with a nerve condition in his right hand.
Even without some of their key players, the Indians are proving to be a tough team to beat at home.
Cleveland has won 10 of its last 12 home games to improve their record at Jacobs Field to 16-14.
The Padres have baseball’s worst road record at 7-23 after losing 15 of their last 17 away from home.
One bright spot for San Diego has been the hitting of outfielder Brian Buchanan. Buchanan is batting .500 (9-for-18) with three homers in his last five games.
He’s hitting .313 with five home runs and 19 home runs in 96 at bats.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. Indians - 4th place, 10 GB, AL Central.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (4-5, 4.57 ERA). The young hurler has not won since April 25. Peavey is 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA over his last eight starts. The 22-year-old right-hander failed to earn a decision after allowing three runs and eight hits in a 7-5 loss to Minnesota on Friday. He’s holding hitters to a .208 average.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (5-4, 5.04 ERA). Davis is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts at home. Davis earned his fifth win by holding Arizona to three runs—one earned—and six hits in seven innings of a 6-3 win on Friday. He’s 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA over his last five starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Rondell White, .299 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 11 HRs and 34 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 32 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .333 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs and 30 RBIs; Vizquel, 40 runs and 8 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Padres - 2-6; Indians - 3-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - OF Buchanan is batting .338 with five home runs in 20 career games against Cleveland. … OF Gary Matthews Jr. went 1-for-4 and is batting .302 (19-for-63) since joining the Padres on May 23. He was waived by Baltimore on May 23. … San Diego’s 5.52 ERA is the second highest mark in the NL. Cincinnati has an NL worst 5.70 ERA. Indians - OF Jody Gerut is batting .395 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak. … Cleveland is only 10-23 on the road. … The Indians rank 27th in the majors with 259 runs scored.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 7-23 on the road; Indians - 16-14 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - SS Vazquez (abdominal strain), 15-day DL; INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. Indians - DH Burks (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL.