Player News - Indians

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Danny Salazar was out of sorts on Wednesday, allowing seven runs, eight hits and one walk over five innings in the Indians’ Cactus League loss to the Rockies.

He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts. The second inning was Salazar’s undoing. He began the frame with back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the next five men to reach. All of them scored including two on a home run by Charlie Blackmon. Salazar ran into a buzz-saw on Wednesday but has otherwise had a solid spring. Along with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, Salazar will be a key cog in one of the league’s best rotations.
Mar 22 - 8:17 PM

Trevor Bauer gave up three runs in five innings of work in his start against the Dodgers on Monday.

Bauer gave up seven hits, including solo homers to Chase Utley and Joc Peterson. He also walked a pair, so he pitched around trouble for most of the afternoon. Bauer at least increased his ground ball rate and showed better control last season, but his ERA only modestly improved from 4.55 to 4.26. He hasn’t shown enough to be a consistent option in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 20 - 7:29 PM

Making his Cactus League debut, Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Monday against the Dodgers.

Brantley, who made the start in left field, reached on a fielding error in the first inning before delivering an RBI single in the second inning and another single in the fifth. It’s worth noting that the second single came off left-hander Adam Liberatore. It’s unclear if he’ll have enough time to get ramped up for Opening Day, but the Indians have to be thrilled coming out of Monday’s game.
Mar 20 - 7:22 PM

Indians prospect outfielder Bradley Zimmer slugged a solo homer in Monday's rout of the Dodgers.

Zimmer struggled for large parts of the 2017 season, but he's looked excellent this spring, hitting .348/.400/.587 coming into the game. The 2014 first-round pick has a quality approach at the plate, and the power tool keeps getting better. Left-handed pitchers are always going to give him fits, but assuming he keeps the strikeouts to a dull roar, he has a chance to be an excellent fantasy player. He could help Cleveland - and your fantasy roster - at some point this summer.
Mar 20 - 7:18 PM

Indians prospect infielder Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI against the Dodgers on Monday in a 14-3 victory in Cactus League action.

Diaz also made an error, but nobodies perfect. One of the concerns with Diaz is that he doesn't possess much power, but Monday proved this is not a dink-and-dunk hitter. He can spray line drives all over the park, and he's able to draw his share of walks without piling up the strikeouts. If you're looking for an offensive sleeper in the Cleveland system, Diaz could be that guy.
Mar 20 - 7:18 PM

Indians reassigned RHP Steve Delabar, RHP Travis Banwart, RHP Josh Martin, LHP Chris Narveson, LHP James Russell, C Guillermo Quiroz, INF Ronny Rodriguez, INF Eric Stamets, and OF Greg Allen to minor league camp.

Cleveland also optioned Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, and Adam Plutko as part of Monday's round of cuts. Delabar had a 6.48 ERA and 2.52 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings this spring after posting a 6.75 ERA with the Reds in 2016. He signed a non-guaranteed minor league contract with the Indians in January.
Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

Indians optioned RHP Adam Plutko to Triple-A Columbus.

Plutko made his MLB debut last September after posting decent numbers as a starter between Double-A and Triple-A. The 24-year-old will act as rotation and relief depth for Cleveland in 2017.
Mar 20 - 12:35 PM

Indians optioned LHP Ryan Merritt to Triple-A Columbus.

Merritt allowed eight earned runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League, though he was never really in the running for a roster spot. The 25-year-old left-hander will likely be up for good at some point in 2017 after showing promise on multiple fronts last season.
Mar 20 - 12:33 PM

Josh Tomlin held the Diamondbacks to two runs over five innings Sunday in Cactus League play.

Tomlin was knocked around for six runs -- five earned -- over just three innings in his last Cactus League start against the Giants, so this outing was a refreshing sight. He struck out six, walked none, and gave up only two hits -- one being a homer to Chris Herrmann. Tomlin is locked into a spot near the back end of the Indians' rotation.
Mar 19 - 5:55 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will pitch in a minor league game on Monday.

A previous report said that Carrasco would throw a bullpen session Sunday and return to Cactus League action Friday, but he actually already threw off a mound without issue on Saturday. Pitching in a minor league game would allow the Indians to backdate a potential disabled list stint should Carrasco suffer a setback. It looks like he'll be fine after last week's elbow scare, although it's possible the Indians could delay him until April 15 when they need a fifth starter.
Mar 19 - 3:22 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is on track to start March 24.

Alarm bells were sounded last week when Carrasco had some swelling in his pitching elbow, but all signs have pointed to it not being a major deal. Barring a setback, Carrasco should be available around Opening Day or shortly after. The Indians could hold him back until they need a fifth starter on April 15 if they wanted to play it safe.
Mar 19 - 2:52 PM

Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2017 season.

Anderson was diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain earlier this month but the initial feeling had been that he would try to avoid surgery. However, after a second opinion, he's elected to go under the knife. Anderson is also dealing with a mild flexor strain in addition to his UCL damage.
Mar 19 - 2:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut on Monday.

And he'll play left field rather than just serve as a designated hitter. Brantley has been hitting and fielding in simulated games for a couple weeks now and is feeling well enough to test things out in an "official" capacity. The hope is that Brantley will play three games in four days. Things are looking up for him at the moment, but it must be noted that when Brantley ran into issues last season they came when he played multiple games in a row. He's still very much a question mark for Opening Day.
Mar 19 - 1:54 PM

Tyler Naquin said Sunday that the knee soreness he's dealing with isn't a big deal.

Naquin has been diagnosed with bilateral soreness in both knees, but he expects to return to game action soon. The 25-year-old is hitting .458 this spring.
Mar 19 - 1:38 PM

Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for another 4-5 weeks after a second opinion confirmed that he has inflammation in his right shoulder.

The diagnosis doesn't appear to be any worse here, as we already knew Kipnis was nursing soreness in his rotator cuff. The 4-5 week timeline does give us a bit more clarity, though, and in all likelihood it appears Kipnis will at least miss all of April. The Indians are considering moving Jose Ramirez to second base and using Giovanny Urshela and/or Richie Shaffer at third. They could also simply install Michael Martinez and/or Erik Gonzalez at second base.
Mar 19 - 1:27 PM


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