LaPorta called up; Damon placed on paternity list
Johnny Damon has been placed on the paternity list for three days, allowing the Indians to fill his roster spot by calling up Matt LaPorta, who will report to the club in time for Sunday’s game against the Twins.
Damon is returning to his home in Orlando, Fla. to see his wife Michelle and his new twin daughters, who were born Friday.
What happens to LaPorta when Damon returns? “When Johnny comes back, we’ll make a decision,” manager Manny Acta said tonight.
Matt LaPorta's walk-up song helps fuel success
For some baseball players, the song that plays before they come up to bat serves as a fun way to get them ready to hit. But for one player on the Columbus Clippers, the walk-up song means a little bit more. When Clippers first baseman Matt LaPorta approaches the plate, the song that blasts over the speakers reminds him of his faith and his purpose in life.
“I think it hits home with me because I would love to be in the big leagues but I’m not. I’m in triple A,” he said. “But you know what, that’s where I feel like God has me right now, and I’m content and happy because I know he’s with me.”
LaPorta keeps positive attitude with Clippers
While his numbers to start this season have been impressive, his attitude has impressed Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh most.
"Matt came here with a good attitude right from the start," Sarbaugh said. "That’s one of the reasons he’s having the success he is having.
"He isn’t worried about where he is. He has put more emphasis on what he needs to do to make himself a better, more consistent player. He’s not feeling sorry for himself."
LaPorta ranks among the International League leaders in a number of categories this season. A 2-for-5 effort in the Clippers’ 8-1 win over the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field Sunday lifted his batting average to .361, second only to Toledo’s Brad Eldred.
His nine home runs are tied for third in the league, and he also leads the Clippers with 20 RBIs. What’s more, he his tied for the IL lead with 35 hits, and is .701 slugging percentage also is second only to Eldred.