Matt LaPorta 1B CLE 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 CLE 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 CLE 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 CLE 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.
Matt LaPorta 1B CLE Jul 30 '11
Matt LaPorta hit a walk-off, three-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Royals, 5-to-2.
The blast came off Joakim Soria, who has now blown six out of 25 save opportunities. LaPorta finished the night 2-for-4, with a double and the homerun. With Detroit losing, Cleveland is now just a game and a half out of first place in the A.L. Central.
Matt LaPorta 1B CLE Jul 06 '11
Indians activated 1B Matt LaPorta from the 15-day disabled list.
As expected. LaPorta has been sidelined since mid-June with a right ankle sprain. He returns to a .242/.309/.424 batting line to go along with eight homers and 31 RBI over 220 plate appearances. Carlos Santana saw most of the playing time at first base during his absence, but he'll now head back behind the plate.