Player News - Indians

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Francisco Lindor clubbed his fifth home run of the season in a losing effort against the White Sox on Sunday.

The Tribe was unable to complete their three-game sweep of the White Sox but Lindor continued his hot-hitting. His fourth-inning blast off of Derek Holland was the only offense they were able to generate against the White Sox' starter. Lindor also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's now hitting .315/.373/.616 with five homers and 12 RBI. He didn't hit his fifth home run of 2016 until June 4.
Apr 23 - 5:27 PM

Danny Salazar struggled in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, allowing four runs on seven hits in his five innings of work.

On the plus side for fantasy owners, he was able to rack up nine strikeouts on the day while walking three. White Sox jumped on him right out of the gate, pushing three runs across in the opening inning. Salazar now sports a disappointing 4.37 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings on the season. He'll try to get back in the win column on Saturday when he does battle against the Mariners.
Apr 23 - 5:27 PM

Lonnie Chisenhall is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Jason Kipnis is also sitting out as expected, and Yan Gomez is getting a day off, too. The Indians have Austin Jackson in center field, Michael Martinez at second base and Roberto Perez at catcher.

Carlos Carrasco tossed eight scoreless innings, striking out eight, in the Indians' 7-0 shutout of the White Sox on Saturday.

A day after Corey Kluber went the distance in a shutout of the Sox, Carrasco doubled down with only a slightly less-dominant performance. The right-hander yielded just three hits, all singles, with one walk over his eight innings of work. He's now 2-1 on the season with a microscopic 1.65 ERA and 0.80 WHIP through four starts. Carrasco will look to continue his dominance Friday against the Mariners.
Apr 22 - 11:57 PM

Jose Ramirez homered and stole a base in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

Ramirez hit his fifth homer of the season in the ninth inning. It was his only hit in five at-bats. The steal was his second in three tries this year. The 24-year-old's full complement of abilities have been on display in the early weeks of the season, en route to a .313/.378/.594 line through 17 games.
Apr 22 - 11:49 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

Encarnacion connected on a Mike Pelfrey pitch in the first inning for the two-run shot. The homer was his third this year, giving him seven RBI and seven runs scored. He's off to a slow start to his Indians career, batting .222/.355/.381, but the slugger's numbers should look just fine before long.
Apr 22 - 11:40 PM

Michael Brantley did a bit of everything Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the White Sox.

Brantley was already having a good night before he took Sox reliever Michael Ynoa deep for the two-run blast in the seventh inning. The homer and steal were both his third of the season, respectively. It's probably still too early to declare him past the shoulder issues that kept him out for nearly all of 2016, but with an eight-game hitting streak the 29-year-old is now batting .310/.385/.517 through 15 games this year.
Apr 22 - 11:29 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona expects to give Jason Kipnis the day off on Sunday.

Kipnis is being eased into action after missing most of the first three weeks with shoulder inflammation. Jose Ramirez filled in at second early in the year and will probably draw the start there on Sunday. Kipnis is hitless in six at-bats since coming off the disabled list.
Apr 22 - 8:28 PM

Corey Kluber tossed a three-hit shutout in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the White Sox.

He needed 110 pitches (73 of them strikes) to compete his fourth career shutout. Kluber was flat-out dominant, striking out nine batters while issuing only two walks. All three hits were singles. Kluber lowered his ERA from 6.38 to 4.28 with the brilliant outing and fantasy owners should expect continued improvements in the outings to come. He’ll square off against the Astros next time out.
Apr 22 - 12:18 AM

Brandon Guyer slugged a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the White Sox.

Guyer has two specialities, specifically getting hit by pitches and mashing lefties. He did the latter on Friday, taking Jose Quintana deep in the fourth inning to collect his first home run and RBI of the season. The 31-year-old is a useful piece for Terry Francona to have around, but he’s unlikely to play enough to warrant attention in most fantasy leagues.
Apr 22 - 12:16 AM

Making his season debut, Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Friday against the White Sox.

Kipnis, who began the season on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, batted sixth in his return to the Indians on Friday. He’ll probably need a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things, but look for him to move back up to his normal No. 2 spot whenever that happens.
Apr 22 - 12:16 AM

Indians optioned 3B Yandy Diaz to Triple-A Columbus.

He's no longer needed with Jason Kipnis (shoulder) back). Diaz hit just .236/.295/.255 over 15 games while filling in at third base with Jose Ramirez covering Kipnis at second.
Apr 21 - 4:26 PM

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

Kipnis is starting at second base and batting sixth against Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Friday. He should move back up to the No. 2 spot soon once he knocks the rust off. Jose Ramirez will slide back over to third base.
Apr 21 - 4:25 PM

SI.com's Tom Verducci reports that Francisco Lindor turned down a contract extension offer worth around $100 million prior to Opening Day.

Brody Chernof, the son of Indians' general manager Mike Chernof, let the cat out of the bag in a radio interview toward the end of spring training that the club was trying to sign Lindor to a seven-year extension, but this is the first dollar amount we've seen attached to it. $100 million would be an unprecedented commitment for a guy who's not even arbitration-eligible until after 2018, but it would allow the Indians to buy out a couple free agent years for one of the best players in the game. Lindor and his camp didn't take the bait, however, and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says there are currently no active extension talks between the Indians and any player, Lindor included. Perhaps the two sides will try again next winter.
Source: SI.com
Apr 21 - 8:32 AM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Kipnis is ready to go after hitting .200 during a seven-game rehab assignment with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. He'll return to his post as Cleveland's everyday second baseman with Jose Ramirez shifting from second to third base. Interim third baseman Yandy Diaz will likely be sent down to Triple-A. Kipnis hit .275 last year with 15 steals and a career-high 23 home runs.
Apr 20 - 11:50 PM


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