Player News - Indians

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Edwin Encarnacion launched his 10th home run of the season Monday as the Indians beat the Athletics 5-3.

It was a solo shot off A's starter Daniel Mengden in Cleveland's four-run fourth inning. Carlos Santana also went deep in that frame. Encarnacion has enjoyed a productive May and is now slashing .226/.346/.418 through 49 total games this season for his new team. We'd bet those rate stats will continue to rise.
May 29 - 7:36 PM

Carlos Carrasco limited the Athletics to two earned runs over seven innings Monday for his fifth win.

Carrasco was dominating until the top of the seventh inning, when he served up a pair of solo homers. He gave up just four hits in all and issued just one walk while tallying seven strikeouts. The right-hander holds a 5-2 record, 2.89 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 65/16 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings (10 starts) this season. A road start against the Royals is next.
May 29 - 7:28 PM

Andrew Miller struck out all three batters he faced in a dominant eighth inning Monday versus the Athletics.

Miller picked up his 12th hold along the way. The left-handed setup man boasts a dominant 0.35 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings this season.
May 29 - 7:25 PM

Cody Allen allowed a run on three hits but netted his 14th save Monday against the A's.

Allen gave up a solo homer to Khris Davis and a pair of two-out singles, but he struck out Trevor Plouffe to seal the 5-3 victory for Cleveland. Allen has struggled a bit over the last couple of weeks, but he still holds a decent 2.61 ERA on the year and a pretty firm grasp on the Indians' ninth-inning gig.
May 29 - 7:23 PM

Josh Tomlin worked a complete game, yielding just one run, as the Indians trounced the Royals 10-1 on Sunday in Cleveland.

The one run he gave up came on a Jorge Bonifacio solo shot in the top of the fifth inning. Tomlin yielded just six total hits and didn't issue a walk while striking out three. He got through all nine innings on 111 pitches, 79 of which went for strikes. The right-hander dropped his season ERA from 6.70 to 5.79.
May 28 - 4:23 PM

Jason Kipnis finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a home run, and two RBI in the Rangers' blowout victory over the Royals on Sunday.

Kipnis also doubled and scored two runs in the game. The second baseman still owns a weak .242 batting average and .274 on-base percentage in 128 total at-bats this season, but those numbers have been on the rise. He hit leadoff again on Sunday.
May 28 - 4:20 PM

Francisco Lindor is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the star shortstop. Erik Gonzalez is filling in.
May 28 - 11:45 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Danny Salazar will available out of the bullpen as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.

The skipper left open the possibility that Salazar could get a start at some point during the team's road trip that begins on Friday, but the talented-but-frustrating righty is headed for relief duty for now. That means Mike Clevinger and Josh Tomlin will keep their rotation spots with Corey Kluber (back) returning this week. Salazar ranks fourth in baseball with a 30.9 percent strikeout percentage, but he's also fourth in walk percentage at 11.9 percent. Additionally, he's served up 11 home runs and his 5.50 ERA ranks 83rd out of 93 qualifiers.
May 28 - 11:29 AM

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "indications" are that Danny Salazar could be moved to the bullpen.

Cleveland will need to bump someone from the starting rotation with Corey Kluber (back) returning Thursday against the Athletics. With Mike Clevinger pitching extremely well (2-1, 2.82 ERA), it looks like Salazar could be the odd man out. Salazar only has three quality starts in 10 outings this year while struggling to a 5.50 ERA.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

Lindor took Royals starter Jason Vargas deep as the second batter the southpaw faced, his 11th homer of the season. He also attempted to start a rally in the ninth inning with a two-out double, but he was stranded on second base to end the game. Lindor quietly has a 12-game hitting streak going, leaving him with a .283/.346/.545 line, 11 homers, 24 RBI and 33 runs scored overall.
May 27 - 8:55 PM

Danny Salazar had command issues in Saturday's loss to the Royals, walking five while allowing six hits and four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings.

He's been able to largely keep his control in check this season -- relatively, at least, for a guy who rarely seems to know where it's going -- but his five walks give him 28 free passes in 52 1/3 innings this year. The loss dropped him to 3-5 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through 10 starts. Despite his issues, a date with the A's on Thursday could still yield strong results for the 27-year-old.
May 27 - 8:43 PM

Corey Kluber (back) will return to the Indians' rotation Thursday against the Athletics.

Kluber dominated in Friday's rehab outing for Double-A Akron (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and that was all manager Terry Francona needed to see. The former Cy Young winner missed most of May while dealing with lower back discomfort. His return will bump either Mike Clevinger or Danny Salazar from the starting rotation.
May 27 - 6:18 PM

Mike Clevinger surrounded four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.

It was an appealing matchup on the surface and Clevinger thrived early with three scoreless frames, but Brandon Moss connected for a three-run homer in the fourth before Mike Moustakas tied things up with a solo shot in the fifth. Clevinger struck out six and walked one on the evening. It’s unclear whether he’ll keep a rotation spot when Corey Kluber comes off the disabled list next week.
May 26 - 10:35 PM

Jose Ramirez slugged a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

It was his seventh home run of the season, but it’s been a while since the last one. He had six through his first 22 games, but he went 22 games without one coming into Friday’s action. Perhaps this will get him going again.
May 26 - 10:33 PM

Corey Kluber (back) pitched well in Friday's minor league rehab start with Double-A Akron, allowing just one hit over five shutout innings.

Kluber only struck out one on the night but was in complete command, setting down the final 13 hitters he faced in order. He needed just 47 pitches to complete five innings, throwing 33 of them for strikes. It seems likely he'll rejoin the Indians' rotation next week.
May 26 - 7:58 PM


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