May 14 The Lorain Morning Journal's Jim Ingraham reports Cleveland Indians SS Jhonny Peralta got a talking-to from manager Eric Wedge Saturday night, May 13, after Peralta hit a weak ground ball down the first base line that started foul but eventually rolled back into fair territory. Peralta never left the batter's box and was easily out when Detroit Tigers 1B Chris Shelton picked up the ball and stepped on first base to end the eighth inning of a 3-0 Indians loss to the Tigers. "He thought it was foul," said Wedge. "But the ball was too close to be sure of that."
Uh-oh. Doesn't sound like a big deal--but the last thing I want is for his work ethic to be questioned when he is hovering around the .250 mark. With Cleveland struggling offesively as a club, my fear is that Jhonny gets bumped down in the order, which would seriously affect his value and productivity. Episodes like this can only contribute to a diminished role for Peralta.