The Cleveland Indians place first baseman Russell Branyan on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his lower back, opening the door for highly touted prospect Matt LaPorta to begin the season on the 25-man roster for the first time.
LaPorta, thought to be the centerpiece of the C.C. Sabathia trade in July of 2008, will join another player from the deal, Michael Brantley...
First baseman Matt LaPorta and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract.
The 29-year-old had spent four seasons with the Cleveland Indians, but has not played in the major leagues since 2012.
LaPorta was the seventh overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2007 amateur draft and was acquired by Cleveland the following year as part of the trade that sent CC Sabathia...
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February 07, 2014