After a rough start to his season, Scott Elarton is trying to revive what was once a very promising major league career.
Elarton, a first-round pick by Houston in the 1994 amateur draft, went 17-7 with a 4.81 ERA for the Astros in 2000 in his first full season in the majors.
He has struggle since. After being traded to the Colorado Rockies for Pedro Astacio and cash midway through 2001, Elarton hurt his shoulder, underwent surgery and missed the entire following season.
He made 10 starts for the Rockies in 2003, going 4-4 with a 6.27 ERA, but pitched well enough o make Colorado’s rotation to start this season. The 28-year old right-hander went 0-6 with a 9.80 ERA in eight starts for Colorado before the Rockies designated him for assignment on May 20.
The Indians signed Elarton to a minor league contract on May 25, and he went 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Buffalo.
In three starts for Cleveland, Elarton is 0-0 with a 6.52 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting .313 off him and he’s walked 11 in 9 2-3 innings.
“I’m hoping he gets his command back,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He has to give himself a chance. Is his next start big? I’m not going to say that about anyone.”
Cleveland got within a game of .500 with a 4-3 win in 12 innings in the middle game of this series on Saturday, as Ben Broussard lined a game-winning double gave the team the victory.
Ronnie Belliard, signed in the offseason after being released by the Rockies, went 4-for-5 for Cleveland, which out-hit Colorado 17-10.
The Rockies lost for just the fourth time in the last 11 games.
Center fielder Preston Wilson went 0-for-6, leaving six men on base, and is hitting just 178 after missing most of the season with an injured knee.
“He’s an All-Star player,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ll just have to see how quickly he can pick up the pace at this level and get plugged into the program and compete. Only time will tell that.”
Wilson had the best year of his career in 2003, leading the NL with 141 RBIs.