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Corey Kluber (quad) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

The Indians have yet to decide if Kluber will work in Game 1 or Game 2 of their ALDS series, but it sounds as though he'll be ready to go at that time. He was able to play catch on Friday without any issues.
Oct 1 - 2:14 PM

Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better.
Oct 1 - 12:26 AM

Francisco Lindor busted out a slump by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Royals.

Lindor snapped an 0-for-29 hitless streak with a double off Yordano Ventura in a four-run third inning. He celebrated the double and Ventura apparently didn’t like it, as he hit him with a pitch in his next at-bat in the fifth inning. Lindor responded by slugging a three-run homer off Brian Flynn in his next at-bat. Even with the quiet September, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .303/.359/.436 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, and 19 steals.
Oct 1 - 12:25 AM

Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI.
Oct 1 - 12:25 AM

Yan Gomes entered Friday’s game against the Royals as a defensive replacement.

Gomes was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing 16 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Most assumed he was done for the season at the time of the injury, so it’s amazing he has managed to make it back. Still, it’s unclear whether he’ll show enough this weekend to justify a spot on the ALDS roster.
Oct 1 - 12:24 AM

Danny Salazar (forearm) could throw a simulated game on Monday according to manager Terry Francona.

It will all depend on how the right-hander feels the next couple of days after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Salazar still has his sights set on returning to the Tribe's rotation for the ALDS.
Sep 30 - 7:06 PM

Indians placed RHP Carlos Carrasco on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to September 18, with a fractured right hand.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Yan Gomes' return. Carrasco is out for the season.
Sep 30 - 6:06 PM

Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 60-day disabled list.

Gomes is only available to play defense for now. It's unclear whether he'll be an option for the ALDS roster as he returns from a fracture in his right hand.
Sep 30 - 6:03 PM

Corey Kluber (quad) played catch from up to 150 feet on Friday.

Kluber also worked in some crow-hops in order to test out his quad strain and felt fine. There's no timetable yet for when he'll throw off a mound, but Friday's session was a positive development. Kluber is expected to be ready for the ALDS next week.
Sep 30 - 5:45 PM

Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Indians want to re-sign impending free agent Mike Napoli.

Napoli has proved to be one of the best free agent bargains of last winter by batting .242/.338/.473 with 34 homers and 101 RBI in 2016. Heyman says that the slugger, not surprisingly, wants a multi-year contract this offseason. He also notes that the Indians "may need to go far in the postseason" in order to be able to afford to make Napoli a qualifying offer. Of course, Napoli would probably turn it down, anyway. He'll turn 35 in a month.
Sep 30 - 9:04 AM

The Indians have shot down a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" next season.

Heyman's report said that Brantley's rehab from a second right shoulder surgery could drag past Opening Day next year, but the Indians don't think that will be the case. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. "We were told after the second surgery that the timeline (for recovery) would be four to five months. As far as I know, nothing has changed." There's no reason to doubt the Indians' belief that Brantley will be ready to go for Opening Day, but the reality is there's a lot up in the air with him given how this year went.
Sep 29 - 4:58 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" at the beginning of next season.

Per these sources, doctors had to "re-anchor the muscle to the bone" during Brantley's most recent right shoulder surgery in mid-August. That procedure will come with another lengthy rehabilitation -- possibly much longer than the initial projection of four months. Brantley and the Indians are both refuting Heyman's report, for what it's worth. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in only 11 games this season for Tribe after earning MVP votes in 2014 and 2015.
Sep 29 - 12:16 PM

Jason Kipnis is getting the day off Thursday.

Indians manager Terry Francona is continuing to find rest for his regulars with the American League Central all wrapped up. Carlos Santana will also sit Thursday. Michael Martinez is at second base and batting ninth versus Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris.
Sep 29 - 11:04 AM

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Thursday that the goal is to start Corey Kluber (quad) in Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.

Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers after suffering a mild quadriceps strain and won't make another appearance in the regular season, but he was able to play catch on Thursday morning and the Indians sound optimistic that he'll be ready to rock for one of the first two games of the best-of-five Division Series. "[Kluber] is not going to not make that start," said Callaway. "He'd be like Curt Schilling. He's going to go out there and pitch."
Sep 29 - 10:55 AM

Danny Salazar (forearm) tossed 30-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

He only threw his fastball and changeup, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar would be limited to those two pitches anyway if he's able to return as a reliever in the postseason. Salazar is attempting to rehab a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He has not been ruled out for the ALDS.
Sep 29 - 10:50 AM


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