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Mastny coming but who's going?

ROCHESTER -- The word out of Cleveland late Saturday is that seldom-used reliever Tom Mastny is coming back to the Bisons to get some work. Who's going up? Torey Lovullo had his office door closed for more than 15 minutes after Saturday's 3-2 loss to Rochester and no players went in or came out to get the good word they're headed to the big leagues.

The scuttlebutt I got in some late-night chats with folks at Progressive Field is that this could be the time second baseman Josh Barfield goes back to the big leagues. He's batting .308 on a nine-game hitting streak and doing a good job defensively. It would be well-deserved.

I know they don't need a pitcher but the Indians have to figure out a way to get Buffalo closer Rick Bauer to the big leagues soon. He's got seven saves and an 0.68 ERA for a below-.500 team. The one crimp is he's not on the 40-man roster. So how about designating unused Craig Breslow and giving Bauer the call?

We'll see when the Tribe and Bisons report for work Sunday what the moves are.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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