Artificial turf forces Acta to juggle lineup

Artificial turf forces Acta to juggle lineup

Artificial turf forces Acta to juggle lineup
TORONTO -- The Indians are in the midst of playing seven consecutive games on artificial turf, something skipper Manny Acta says is not easy.

After Cleveland finishes its three-game trip in Toronto, it will head to Tampa Bay for four games.

As a result of the turf, which Acta said is hard on the body, and particularly the knees, the Indians' manager will employ a number of different lineups over that stretch.

"It's a tough trip for us," Acta said. "We have to try to monitor our players because ... it actually is tough on our guys, and so we have to kind of manage that and see who we can give a day off here [Toronto] or in Tampa."

Acta said in addition to giving his players some off-days over the trip, he will insert different guys into the lineup as the designated hitter.

He has already used two different lineups over the first two games in Toronto, but that also had to do with the Blue Jays sending a pair of lefties to the hill to start the series in Ricky Romero and Aaron Laffey.

Travis Hafner was given the day off Saturday after driving in the only run in Friday's victory with a towering homer. Acta said with Hafner, especially, he will have find some down time for him, and not push him too hard, as he has battled numerous injuries over the years.

Hafner has already spent time on the disabled list this season with inflammation in his right knee.

"We are monitoring his playing time, especially against left-handed pitching. We are trying to get a few more right-handed bats in the lineup in those situations," Acta said.