Player News - Indians

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Danny Salazar, who underwent shoulder surgery at the beginning of July, is expected to resume throwing in November.

The Indians intend to bring Salazar along as a starter initially, but it's possible he'll wind up in the bullpen to begin the 2019 season. It depends on how he progresses and what the team needs from him. The 28-year-old right-hander did not make an appearance at any level in 2018.
Oct 10 - 3:44 PM

Mike Clevinger fanned nine over five innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Monday in the Indians’ ALDS Game 3 loss to the Astros.

He served up a no-doubt solo blast to George Springer in the fifth inning, but that was the only time Houston managed to dent the scoreboard against the right-hander. Clevinger’s pitch count got elevated to 99 over five frames, though, thanks to the nine punchouts as well as three walks and a hit by pitch. Manager Terry Francona then turned to Trevor Bauer, who coughed up the lead. The rest of the Indians’ bullpen didn’t fare much better and they’re now headed home for the winter.
Oct 8 - 6:00 PM

Jose Ramirez went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Astros, finishing the ALDS hitless in 11 at-bats.

Ramirez drew a walk and drove in a run with a groundout in Game 1, but that was the extent of his offensive contributions in the series as the Indians got swept. This comes after he batted just .165/.304/.273 over his final 38 regular seasons games. It's a disappointing end to what was a phenomenal season.
Oct 8 - 5:45 PM

Francisco Lindor popped a solo home run in Monday's ALDS Game 3 loss to the Astros.

Lindor bizarrely seemed to sacrifice bunt on his own in the third inning with two on and no one out. He then swung away in his next plate appearance in the fifth and slugged one 446 feet over the left field wall. Lindor also added a single. He is the only one of the Indians' big bats that did much at the plate in the series, going 4-for-11 with a couple dingers.
Oct 8 - 5:40 PM

Yonder Alonso is not in the Indians' lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday.

Melky Cabrera will also sit against left-hander Dallas Keuchel as the Indians try to stay alive. Edwin Encarnacion will make the start at first base while Yandy Diaz serves as the designated hitter. Brandon Guyer will be in right field. The full lineup for Cleveland: Francisco Lindor SS, Michael Brantley LF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Encarnacion 1B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Diaz DH, Guyer RF, Yan Gomes C, Jason Kipnis CF. Mike Clevinger will start for Cleveland.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Yandy Diaz and Brandon Guyer will both be in the lineup versus lefty Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Monday for ALDS Game 3.

Diaz will be the designated hitter, with Edwin Encarnacion covering first base and Yonder Alonso going to the bench. Guyer, who battled a shoulder issue down the stretch, will be in right field in place of Melky Cabrera.

Trevor Bauer will be available out of the bullpen for ALDS Game 3 versus the Astros but is still an option to start a potential Game 4.

Bauer made relief appearances in Game 1 and Game 2 but will be available out of the bullpen again if needed in Game 3 if Mike Clevinger gets into trouble. If Bauer does wind up starting Game 4, he wouldn't figure to go very deep into the game. Shane Bieber is the other option to start Tuesday.
Oct 7 - 2:17 PM

Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run, but that was all the offense the Indians could muster in an ALDS Game 2 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Lindor's drive in the third inning off Astros starter Gerrit Cole gave the Indians life -- and more importantly, a lead -- but it turned out to be one of just three hits they'd collect on the afternoon. With a chance to tie the game in the eighth, Lindor struck out swinging against Astros closer Roberto Osuna. It was that kind of day, and has been that kind of series thus far, for the Tribe, as they now find themselves in an 0-2 hole against the reigning World Series champs. They'll try to regroup and rally behind Mike Clevinger in Monday's Game 3.
Oct 6 - 7:56 PM

Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs, both after he'd left the game, over 5 1/3 innings in an ALDS Game 2 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Carrasco wasn't dominant but had kept the Astros off the scoreboard through five innings, and thanks to a Francisco Lindor solo homer in the third he clung to a tenuous 1-0 lead. The Astros then opened the sixth inning with a Jose Altuve single and an Alex Bregman walk, and after Carrasco got Yuli Gurriel to line out, Indians manager Terry Francona called upon Andrew Miller to retire switch-hitting Marwin Gonzalez and preserve the lead. He didn't. Both runs were charged to Carrasco, who finished with six hits and a walk allowed while striking out three. In two career postseason starts, the 31-year-old now owns a 1.63 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Unfortunately for him, both his starts have ended in losses for the Tribe.
Oct 6 - 7:53 PM

Carlos Carrasco will face off against Astros' starter Gerrit Cole to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.

The Indians will be deploying the same batting order they used in Friday's Game 1 loss: Francisco Lindor SS, Michael Brantley LF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, Yonder Alonso 1B, Melky Cabrera RF, Yan Gomes C, Jason Kipnis CF.
Oct 6 - 1:55 PM

Corey Kluber served up a trio of home runs and was charged with four runs over just 4 2/3 innings in Friday’s ALDS Game 1 loss to the Astros.

Kluber threw just 33 pitches over three hitless frames before Alex Bregman led off the fourth with a no-doubter. He wound up throwing 35 pitches that frame and gave up another two hits, a walk and a run. The longball did him in again in the fifth, as George Springer and Jose Altuve slugged back-to-back shots to lead off the inning. Kluber was finally pulled after yielding a two-out single. This marks four straight poor postseason outings for Kluber dating back to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, as he holds a 10.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over those starts. He’s given up nine home runs over 15 innings in those outings. Kluber obviously hoping he gets another shot later in the series.
Oct 5 - 6:08 PM

Trevor Bauer allowed an inherited runner to score but wasn't charged with a run in a one-inning relief appearance Friday versus the Astros.

It seemed like an odd time to insert Bauer into the game, as the Indians were trailing by three runs with no one out and a runner on in the seventh. He gave up a hit to two of the four batters he faced. Pitching one inning in Game 1 obviously doesn't prevent Bauer from being an option to start later in the series, but it's looking like they could keep him in relief and go with Shane Bieber in a potential Game 4.
Oct 5 - 6:08 PM

Michael Brantley singled and drew a walk in Friday's ALDS Game 1 loss to the Astros.

The Indians' offense couldn't get anything going against Justin Verlander and the Houston bullpen, as Brantley had one of just three hits and was the only Tribe player to reach base twice. Yan Gomes and Francisco Liriano had the other singles for Cleveland.
Oct 5 - 5:50 PM

Yan Gomes (thumb) is in the Indians' lineup for Friday's Game 1 of the ALDS versus the Astros.

Gomes suffered a laceration on his right thumb in the penultimate regular season game but is ready to go after several days to heal. The Indians' full lineup looks like this: Francisco Lindor SS, Michael Brantley LF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, Yonder Alonso 1B, Melky Cabrera RF, Gomes C, Jason Kipnis CF.
Oct 5 - 11:15 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said there are "no restrictions" on Yan Gomes (thumb) heading into the ALDS.

Gomes needed several stitches after suffering a laceration on his right thumb in the Indians' second-to-last regular-season game, but he threw to bases without issue during the team's workout Thursday in Houston. He'll start behind the plate in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday against the defending-champion Astros.
Oct 4 - 2:01 PM


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