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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

-- Reliever Evan Meek (right shoulder tendinitis) saw Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday and will not have surgery. Dr. Andrews concurred with Dr. Patrick DeMeo's initial evaluation and rehabilitation plan, and Meek's status remains uncertain with a potential for return sometime in late July.

-- Catcher Ryan Doumit had a follow-up CT scan and his ankle is healing as expected. Doumit will head to Bradenton, Fla., today to continue treatment and rehabilitation.

-- Andrew McCutchen was given last night off despite being on a personal-best and team-high 11-game hitting streak and owning a .500 career average (6 for 12) against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. "It's a day off we talked about for a while," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's sitting at 62 games and he's red-lining a little bit. ... (With a day game on Sunday), it was an opportunity to take advantage of a larger window of down time."

-- Josh Harrison sat out for a second straight game with a tight right oblique muscle, but he said he felt a lot better yesterday than he did Sunday. He was still unavailable for last night's game, and as far as Harrison knew he was not going to be allowed to swing the bat. Hurdle said they plan to get him on the field Wednesday. "We'll know at that time if we're close," Hurdle said. "Can we get this done, or is it time to go another direction (and put Harrison on the disabled list?)"

-- If Harrison goes on the disabled list, Chase d'Arnaud is one of the players Hurdle said could be promoted. D'Arnaud was 4 for 5 with a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBI for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday and is batting .286 (57 for 199) with the Indians. He has eight doubles, five triples, four home runs and 28 RBI.

-- Hurdle said that Sunday's double ejection -- first by third base umpire Jerry Layne, then a half-second later by plate umpire Bob Davidson -- was a first for him. "I don't know if I'll have to pay double the fine or not since I got thrown out twice," he said. "I'm sure I'll find out sooner rather than later."

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