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Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• While discussing the complicated nature of making a trade acquisition, Indians manager Manny Acta said on Monday that "it's not like going to the store and grabbing a can of tomato sauce." Prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds, a can of tomato sauce was waiting by Acta's seat when he arrived for his daily interview session.

"Does he bat from the right side?" said Acta, who picked up the can and began laughing. "Does he have power? Play good defense?"

• Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner (on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing right knee surgery on May 31) began a jogging program on Tuesday. Left-hander Rafael Perez (on the 60-day DL with a left lat injury) is slated to resume a throwing program on Wednesday. Righty Carlos Carrasco (right elbow) is scheduled for a checkup with Dr. David Altcheck next week during the Tribe's series in New York. Carrasco is slated to throw a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium while with the team for the three-game set, which opens Monday.

• On Tuesday, the Indians named Class A Advanced Carolina outfielder Anthony Gallas the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for the period of May 28-June 3. During that span, the 24-year-old Gallas hit .478 (11-for-23) with three homers, one double and seven RBIs for the Mudcats.

• The Indians signed fifth-round Draft pick right-hander Dylan Baker and outfielder Josh Schubert-McAdams (seventh round) on Tuesday. With the pair of contracts completed, Cleveland has now signed 17 of its 40 picks, including 11 of the top 14 selections.