Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Indians catcher Carlos Santana said he was "very surprised" not to see his name in Sunday's lineup for Cleveland's game against the Orioles. Santana has sat out four games due to back and right-side soreness. But the catcher said he felt much improved on Sunday. Acta said the club was simply being cautious.

"He hasn't hit on the field yet," Acta said. "He's done some soft toss work and all of that, but there's no need to rush anything. We could give him the day off ... and when he hits on the field [Monday], maybe he plays [Monday]."

• Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in a Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Hafner, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to a right knee injury, was scheduled to suit up for the Clippers again on Sunday. Acta said Hafner might be ready for activation during the upcoming homestand.

"He's feeling good," Acta said. "He's going to play again [on Sunday] and then we're going to re-evaluate him after the game and make a decision about whether we'll activate him for the homestand at some point, whether that's [Monday] or [Tuesday]."

• On Sunday, the Indians signed catcher Nelson Rodriguez, who was selected in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft last month. Rodriguez attended George Washington High School in New York -- the same school that produced former Tribe slugger Manny Ramirez. Cleveland has signed 20 of its 40 picks from this year's Draft.