Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Brantley (ankle) will be shut down for another 7-to-10 days from all running activity.

Brantley will be reevaluated next week, but it doesn't sound good for his chances of making the postseason roster. It's unfortunate, especially because when healthy he's played well, hitting .299/.358/.445 in 99 games.
Sep 20 - 4:25 PM

Danny Salazar will start the Indians' road series finale against the Angels on Thursday.

Salazar has made two relief appearances over the last 10 days, after struggling in his first start off the disabled list back on September 5. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a disappointing 4.52 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 95 2/3 innings this season and will probably work out of the bullpen for Cleveland during the playoffs.
Sep 20 - 3:17 AM

Roberto Perez finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-3 road win against the Angels.

Perez plays rather sparingly, but when he gets his opportunity he makes the most of it. He is 11-for-35 (.314) with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in 12 games in the month of September. Despite the hot hitting he is still nothing more than a low-end No. 2 catcher in deeper AL-only formats due to his sporadic at-bats.
Sep 20 - 3:02 AM

Jay Bruce finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 6-3 victory on the road against the Angels.

Bruce was the team's biggest offensive addition before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, and he has fit in rather nicely in Cleveland. The veteran is 29-for-111 (.261) with eight doubles, two triples and five home runs with 20 RBI in 32 games with the club. He is hitting well since coming over to the Tribe, trying to shed his label as a first-half hitter.
Sep 20 - 2:58 AM

Austin Jackson collected four singles with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's road win against the Angels.

Jackson has been quite the surprise for the Indians this season, hitting .316 across 250 at-bats over 77 games. His previous best was a .300 average back in 2012 with the Tigers, while he is a .274 career hitter overall. It's been a great run for Jackson, and the success of the Indians is rubbing off on him.
Sep 20 - 2:53 AM

Mike Clevinger allowed just one earned run, three hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings in a road win Tuesday against the Angels.

Clevinger threw 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes to improve to 11-5 while lowering his ERA to 3.13. He has been money on the road this season, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.45 ERA over 62 1/3 innings across 11 starts and one relief appearance away from home. His next scheduled start is set for Sept. 26 against the Twins.
Sep 20 - 2:48 AM

Jose Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Indians' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Angels.

Ramirez missed a couple of games with a minor hamstring injury. He'll start at second base and bat third Tuesday night against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
Sep 19 - 6:51 PM

Edwin Encarnacion blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning in a victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

You can't help but wonder how good Encarnacion's numbers would be if he had gotten off to a stronger start. Even still, Cleveland will take an .877 OPS, 36 homers and 94 RBI. He's a critical reason why Cleveland will be playing in October this year.
Sep 17 - 4:56 PM

Cody Allen picked up his 28th save of the year in a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

Allen came in with two outs in the eighth, and dominated the Kansas City lineup by getting strikeouts with three of the four outs. The only blemish was a single. His ERA now sits at 2.47, and he's struck out 84 hitters in 62 innings.
Sep 17 - 4:52 PM

Corey Kluber hurled seven shutout innings against Kansas City in a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday.

Kluber allowed just three hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out nine. That's now two straight starters against the Royals where he has yet to allow a run. As good as Chris Sale has been this year, you could argue that Kluber is the more-deserving Cy Young candidate right now. His next start will be in Safeco Field on Saturday when Cleveland takes on Seattle.
Sep 17 - 4:43 PM

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Sunday that the team does not have any clarity on a possible return date for Michael Brantley (ankle).

Brantley has been on the shelf for nearly six weeks with a sprained right ankle and just hasn't been able to turn the corner in his recovery. At this point, it's pretty clear that the Indians and fantasy owners can't be counting on much, if anything, from Brantley for the remainder of the season.
Sep 17 - 12:10 PM

Indians activated 2B/OF Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list.

Not only is he back on the active roster, Kipnis is starting in center field Sunday in what is his first game in the outfield since rookie ball back in 2009. He's missed the last three-and-a-half weeks with a strained right hamstring.
Sep 17 - 10:28 AM

Jose Ramirez (hamstring) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Ramirez is battling a hamstring injury. The Indians consider it minor, but they have no reason to rush him back. Giovanny Urshela is at second base.
Sep 17 - 10:23 AM

Edwin Encarnacion belted a two-run home run and he finished with two RBI across three at-bats in Saturday's game against the Royals.

Encarnacion is up to 35 homers this season and his two RBI give him 92. He now has 34 or more homers in each of his past six seasons. Encarnacion has drawn 99 walks this season, too, a new career high. He has actually been a lot more dangerous on the road, posting a .928 OPS away from home as opposed to .802 at Progressive Field. It's a good thing for fantasy owners that Encarnacion and the Indians embark on a six-game road trip starting on Tuesday.
Sep 16 - 8:24 PM

Francisco Lindor delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday against the Royals, one of his three hits across four at-bats.

Lindor extended his club-record streak to 10 games with an extra-base hit. He is just four short of the major league record of 14 held by Chipper Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927). The All-Star finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, a walk and two RBI. He has raised his average from .268 to .281 just since Sept. 6.
Sep 16 - 8:19 PM


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