Player News - Indians

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Eric Haase went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

Haase hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and followed that up with a solo home run in the ninth. The 25-year-old showed off slick power a year ago, slashing .260/.352/.578 while bashing 27 homers in 97 games between Double- and Triple-A. He'll likely open the coming season down in the minors.
Feb 24 - 8:09 PM

Tyler Naquin went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

A fine game for Naquin, who put his stamp on the exhibition via a two-run home run in the third inning. After hitting a sweet .296/.372/.514 in 116 games with the Indians during the 2016 season, the outfielder saw his playing time plummet in 2017, when he appeared in just 19 games. He failed to impress in that small space. He'll be fighting for a bench role this spring, but may very well end up at Triple-A Columbus to open the 2018 season.
Feb 24 - 8:03 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Kipnis was held out of the team's first few Cactus League contests due to a sore lower back, but manager Terry Francona believes he'll be ready to go on Sunday. He's expected to start at second base for the Tribe in 2018, though he could play some left field if Michael Brantley isn't ready for the start of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 11:44 AM

Yonder Alonso belted a solo home run in Friday's spring training opener against the Reds.

He took starter Sal Romano over the wall in his first at-bat in an Indians uniform. He joined the Tribe as a free agent following a breakout season with the Athletics and Mariners. Alonso slugged .266/.365/.501 with 28 homers and 67 RBI in 142 games last year.
Feb 23 - 6:52 PM

Mike Clevinger drew the start versus the Reds on Friday and tossed a perfect inning on three pitches.

He induced first-pitch flyouts from Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez before getting Joey Votto to ground out to first base. Clevinger is battling Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar for the last two slots in the Indians' starting rotation. The 27-year-old should have a leg up on the others after going 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts and six relief appearances last year. He struck out 137 batters in 121 2/3 innings.
Feb 23 - 6:45 PM

Indians first base prospect Bobby Bradley lost 30 pounds over the offseason.

Ranked as the team's No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, Bradley hit .251/.331/.465 with 23 home runs at the Double-A level last season. The 21-year-old will move up to Triple-A in 2018 and could conceivably push for playing time with the big club by the end of the season. "I told him not only is he knocking on the door because of where he plays, but we want to see him knock the door down," manager Terry Francona said.
Feb 23 - 11:48 AM

Jason Kipnis will sit out the Indians' first few Cactus League games due to a sore lower back.

It's not a major concern here in late February. Kipnis was shopped by the Indians this winter and nearly traded to the Mets at one point, per reports, but he is locked in as Cleveland's primary second baseman leading into 2018.
Feb 22 - 1:49 PM

Brandon Guyer (wrist) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday in Indians camp.

Guyer aggravated his surgically-repaired left wrist during one of the Indians' first full-squad workouts in Arizona, but an MRI taken Wednesday showed no new damage. It sounds like the veteran outfielder will be fine for Opening Day, though he still has some rehab hurdles to clear.
Feb 22 - 1:45 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Ryan Merritt is facing an uphill battle to make the Indians' 25-man roster.

Merritt is out of options, so Cleveland would risk losing the 26-year-old left-hander to another club without receiving compensation if he's not in uniform on Opening Day. Still, because the Indians appear to have a full rotation and a bullpen that doesn't appear to have much -- if any -- room either, he could be left out of the mix. Merritt has pitched well at times and could serve as insurance if an injury takes place, but he also could be a trade candidate near the end of spring training for a team looking for a back-end starter.
Feb 21 - 10:41 PM

Brandon Guyer underwent an MRI on his surgically-repaired left wrist on Wednesday.

Guyer needed a procedure to repair the extensor tendon in his wrist last October and then tweaked it during one of the Indians' first spring training workouts on Tuesday. The team should know more about his short-term and long-term outlook by Thursday. Guyer projects to work in a right-field platoon this year in Cleveland, but it seems his status for Opening Day may now be in question.
Feb 21 - 2:35 PM

Indians signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres, 35, posted a pedestrian 4.21 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 56/33 K/BB ratio over 72 2/3 innings of relief last season with the Brewers. He seems doubtful to crack the Indians' deep and talented bullpen out of camp this spring.
Feb 21 - 1:06 PM

Andrew Miller (flu) returned to the Indians' spring training complex on Wednesday.

Miller was kept away from the rest of the players in camp for the past couple of days as he worked through some flu-like symptoms. He's feeling much better now and will likely resume throwing off a mound Thursday. The 32-year-old left-hander is again positioned to serve as a flexible late-inning arm for the Tribe in 2018. He finished the 2017 season with a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, two saves, 27 holds, and a 95/21 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings.
Feb 21 - 12:08 PM

Danny Salazar (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from a distance of 75 feet.

Salazar came down with right shoulder rotator cuff inlammation in mid-January, but Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's doing well with his rehab program. Still, he's falling behind the other pitchers in camp and could get a late start on the season. Salazar dealt with shoulder and elbow issues last season en route to posting a 4.28 ERA over 19 starts and four relief appearances. He's a high-risk, high-reward asset in fantasy leagues.
Feb 20 - 2:20 PM

Rajai Davis can opt out of his minor league contract with the Indians if he's not added to the 40-man roster by March 22.

Davis will try to win a reserve outfielder job in his return to the organization. The 37-year-old played with the Red Sox and Athletics last season while batting just .235/.293/.348 over 117 games.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Indians signed OF Rajai Davis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com had reported earlier in the day that the two sides were nearing an agreement and now it's a done deal. He'll compete for a spot as a reserve outfielder with the Tribe.
Feb 17 - 3:13 PM


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