Indians call up Phillips; Look at Reds players

The Tribe called up Brandon Phillips from AAA Buffalo, sending Brian Tallet back down. The move might be temporary heading into the All-Star break. After trading Alex Cora, the Indians need to decide who will fill the role of utility infielder. This gives Phillips a chance to show what he can do, though he might be the trade bait used by Shapiro to bring in a right-handed bat.

According to Paul Hoynes, the Indians are looking at several Reds hitters for a possible deal, including third basman Joe Randa and outfielders Wily Mo Pena and Austin Kearns. Either guy would help in right field, though it’s questionable whether either of them would make enough of an impact to an already improving offense. Casey Blake is hitting again, and Aaron Boone had four hits yesterday in the 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

Shapiro has a tough decision to make, but frankly I’m confident he’ll make the right call. He’s done a great job rebuilding this team, and I wouldn’t be disappointed or surprised if he decides against making a move.

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