Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Feb 10 '13

Matt LaPorta admitted Sunday that his surgically-repaired left hip was an issue for him throughout the season.

The condition was so bad that LaPorta wondered some morning how he was able to walk. The 28-year-old had a procedure on the hip in October and enters spring training ready to go, but he'll have to fight for a roster spot after being removed from the 40-man roster over the winter.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Nov 20 '12

Indians sent 1B Matt LaPorta outright to Triple-A Columbus.

LaPorta, 27, spent most of 2012 at Triple-A, batting .264/.350/.472 with 19 homers. The former top prospect has failed to establish himself in the majors.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Oct 18 '12

Matt LaPorta underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Thursday.

LaPorta will need three to four months of recovery time, but is expected to be healthy in time for spring training. The former top prospect batted .241 (14-for-58) with one home run, five RBI and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 22 games with the Indians this season and will enter next year out of options.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Sep 13 '12

Matt LaPorta had a terrific day at the plate in Thursday's victory over the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.

The 27-year-old former top prospect is again struggling to make the most of his opportunity with the big club, hitting just .237 with a homer and three RBI in his first 38 at-bats. There's still plenty of potential here, but his window to make an impact is closing quickly.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Jun 13 '12

Indians optioned 1B-OF Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus.

He was sent down to make room for the newly-claimed Esmil Rogers on the active roster. LaPorta went 2-for-11 (.182) during his brief stay with the team and figures to return later this summer.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Mar 27 '12

Indians optioned 1B Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians want LaPorta to get regular playing time, and it simply wouldn't have been available to him in the major leagues. Casey Kotchman will start at first base.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Mar 25 '12

Matt LaPorta started in left field in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

The Indians are still undecided on their Opening Day left fielder and could look to find at-bats for LaPorta with Casey Kotchman set to begin the year at first base. LaPorta is hitting .172 in 30 plate appearances this spring.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Feb 03 '12

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated Friday that Matt LaPorta is likely to begin the season at Triple-A.

The Tribe signed Casey Kotchman to be their regular first baseman, and they'd like to give LaPorta everyday at-bats. The former top prospect will compete for a bench role, but Antonetti thinks LaPorta would benefit from some more seasoning. With a career .313/.400/.553 batting line there, LaPorta has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. He might have run out of chances with the Indians, though.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Oct 01 '11

The Indians have told Matt LaPorta that he'll have to win a job in spring training next season.

It's no surprise after the former top prospect struggled to a .247/.299/.412 finish this season. LaPorta will be 27 going into spring training, and with a .238/.304/.397 career batting line over 909 at-bats, he's starting to run out of chances.

Matt LaPorta 1B BAL Sep 09 '11

The Indians are expected to recall 1B Matt LaPorta Friday.

LaPorta got off to a solid start this season but ultimately tanked to a .238/.289/.404 batting line before being demoted at the end of August. He should see some starts at first base down the stretch but isn't a fantasy option.