Player News - Indians

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Mike Clevinger allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

Clevinger had some control issues in the loss with four walks, but he fanned seven, and outside of a shaky couple of innings he was strong against the Texas lineup. Unfortunately, the Cleveland bats went silent against Yovani Gallardo. Yep, that Yovani Gallardo. The right-hander now sports a 3.43 with a K/BB ratio of 125/43 over 128 innings. Clevinger will face Detroit on Saturday in his next start.
Jul 22 - 5:56 PM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Saturday's 16-3 win over the Rangers.

Four runs had already touched home when Alonso stepped to the plate with two outs in the fifth inning to square off with Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who had just come in in relief of Bartolo Colon. He proceeded to cap the inning with a loud exclamation point, cracking a two-run home run to push the Indians out to a 6-0 advantage on the scoreboard. He would follow that up with another home run -- this one a solo shot -- in the seventh inning. In his inaugural season wearing an Indians uniform, Alonso is slashing .261/.329/.453 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 87 games played. He's not quite hitting up to the standards of the 100-game sample he posted with the A's prior to being traded to the Mariners last season, but his overall body of work for the campaign is starting to come together respectably.
Jul 22 - 1:01 AM

Tyler Naquin went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Naquin uncoiled for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. By that point in time, the Tribe dugout was feeling pretty loosey-goosey, as his long ball pushed their advantage to 8-0. They would ultimately win by a score of 16-3, picking up a whopping 21 hits along the way. For his part, Naquin is now hitting .273/.306/.373 with three home runs and 23 RBI across 57 games played.
Jul 22 - 12:53 AM

Carlos Carrasco yielded two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Carrasco struck out eight and walked one on the evening. His lone spot of run-scoring trouble came when Adrian Beltre knocked him for a two-run home run in the seventh inning. When healthy this season, the right-hander has pitched to a 4.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 120/24 K/BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings. He missed about three weeks of action nursing a bruised elbow earlier this summer. Carrasco will look for another outing in the vain of Saturday's when he hits the road to take on the Tigers in his next scheduled start.
Jul 22 - 12:38 AM

Bradley Zimmer will be out 8-12 months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday.

Dr. Meister performed the labrum repair in Dallas, Texas, per the team. The surgery didn't come as a surprise, but the timetable is certainly a shock. It's a disappointing end to a season that held much promise for the 25-year-old. At this point it's not fair to assume he'll be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he should be back at some point next year.
Jul 21 - 6:37 PM

Indians signed C Rob Brantly to a minor league contract.

He was assigned to Triple-A Columbus. With Francisco Mejia out of the organization, Brantly will take his spot post-dish for the Clippers. Brantly was hitting .218/.254/.293 for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate before he was released Tuesday.
Jul 21 - 5:04 PM

Indians signed C Rob Brantly to a minor league contract.

He was assigned to Triple-A Columbus. With Francisco Mejia out of the organization, Brantly will take his spot post-dish for the Clippers. Brantly was hitting .218/.254/.293 for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate before he was released Tuesday.
Jul 21 - 5:04 PM

Indians sent LHP Ryan Merritt outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Merritt was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll continue to function as organizational pitching depth at Triple-A.
Jul 21 - 3:16 PM

Jose Ramirez became the first MLB player to reach 30 home runs on the season as the Indians defeated the Rangers in 11 innings on Friday night.

Ramirez accomplished the feat with a solo shot off of Martin Perez that tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning. He was also instrumental in the Indians' game-winning rally in the 11th inning, as he socked a leadoff double then dashed home on a single by Edwin Encarnacion. Ramirez has been on a power surge, as he now has six home runs in his last seven games. He has also already set a new career-high with the 30 long balls. Ramirez is having a phenomenal season at the dish, slashing .302/.400/.635 with 30 homers, 71 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Jul 21 - 1:20 AM

Edwin Encarnacion delivered a go-ahead single in the 11th inning on Friday, leading the Indians to a 9-8 victory over the Rangers.

Encarnacion cashed in Jose Ramirez who had started the 11th inning with a leadoff double. It was one of three singles in the ballgame for the 35-year-old slugger. He's now hitting .231/.317/.468 with 22 homers and 66 RBI on the season.
Jul 21 - 1:14 AM

Brad Hand was called upon to work in the seventh inning in his Indians' debut against the Rangers on Friday night.

Neil Ramirez began the seventh inning for the Tribe, protecting a 7-4 lead. He gave way to hand with one man on and one out, with the left-hander summoned to face Joey Gallo. The move backfired in manager Terry Francona's face, as Hand surrendered a two-run shot to Gallo on his fifth pitch in an Indians' uniform. It looks as though Hand will not have a clearly defined role in the Indians' bullpen, which is very troubling for fantasy owners who had been hoping he would supplant Cody Allen in the ninth inning.
Jul 21 - 1:10 AM

Trevor Bauer was knocked around in a no-decision against the Rangers on Friday, surrendering four runs on nine hits in his four-plus innings of work.

On the plus side for fantasy owners, he did manage to rack up seven strikeouts while also issuing five free passes. Rather than using power, the Rangers used a barrage of base runners to do their damage against him. He'll look for better results when he does battle against the Pirates at home on Wednesday.
Jul 21 - 1:06 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that Andrew Miller (knee) will likely need 2-3 more rehab appearances before coming off the disabled list.

It's possible it could be more than that. Miller tossed a scoreless inning for Triple-A Columbus in his first rehab appearance on Tuesday and will pitch next on Sunday. The Indians secured Brad Hand and Adam Cimber as reinforcements for their bullpen on Thursday, so they can afford to take their time with Miller. The southpaw has been out since late May with a right knee injury.
Jul 20 - 7:16 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that Cody Allen will still see the bulk of the save chances moving forward.

The Indians acquired Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres on Thursday, giving the club a much-needed boost for their bullpen. While Allen will remain the primary closer for Cleveland, Francona hasn't ruled out using Hand in certain situations.
Jul 20 - 6:30 PM

Bradley Zimmer was scheduled to undergo right shoulder surgery on Friday in Texas.

The specifics of the procedure and a timetable for his return isn't yet known, but obviously his season is in jeopardy at this point. The 25-year-old suffered the injury in June while with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. He batted just .226/.281/.330 in 114 plate appearances in the majors this year.
Jul 20 - 6:08 PM


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