Juan not Gone much longer

The PD reports that injured outfielder Juan Gonzalez will start his rehab assignment in Buffalo Monday, with the Indians looking at activating him within two weeks. Let’s see what he’s got left.

The question is, who goes down? Coco Crisp’s injury made Jody Gerut’s return a much easier move but now Shapiro needs to figure out who’s getting bumped for Gonzalez. The longer Aaron Boone struggles, the louder the argument becomes to send him down.

Also, in case you missed it, the Indians shuttled Jason Davis back to Triple-A and called up reliever Matt Miller. The club wants Davis to get some time as a starter and, if he strings together a couple good outings, don’t be surprised to see Davis come back up and take Scott Elarton’s job. Elarton’s been awful and his days in the rotation have to be numbered.

My opinion’s a little divided on Davis. On the one hand, he’s got a great arm, without question, and you’d love to see him turn that potential into consistent production as a starter. On the other hand, though, he has all the tools to be an excellent closer, and lord knows Bob Wickman ain’t going to be around much longer. Whatever they ultimately decide, the Indians need to leave Davis alone, in one role or another.

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