Matt LaPorta coming up to play 1B for Cleavland.
http://castrovince.mlblogs.com/archives ... iners.html
Russell Branyan is headed back to the Mariners, and Matt LaPorta is coming back to the big leagues.
The Indians pulled the trigger on the first of what could be several pre-Trade Deadline moves Saturday, sending Branyan back to the M's in exchange for two prospects -- Triple-A center fielder Ezequiel Carrera and High-A shortstop Juan Diaz.
The Indians will either pay the remainder of Branyan's $2 million contract or send the M's a player to be named later.
Clearly, the main incentive of this move, from the Indians' perspective, is to give LaPorta an everyday opportunity at first base. He was batting .353 with five homers, 16 RBIs and a 1.061 OPS in 17 games since his June 7 demotion to Columbus.
what are the expectations for LaPorta for the rest of the season?
Russell Branyan back to Seattle, will his numbers increase? decrease? stay the same?