Player News - Indians

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Indians manager Terry Francona said that for the time being, the team has no plans to utilize Carlos Santana as an outfielder.

Santana, himself, said in a radio interview earlier in February that he planned on playing the outfield at times this coming season. That may still come to fruition, but it is not in the Indians' immediate plans. For his career, the 30-year-old has seen just two plate appearances as a left fielder, none in right or center.
Feb 22 - 5:07 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) has advanced to soft-toss but hasn't been cleared to hit on the field yet.

The Indians are taking every precaution with Brantley this spring after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by multiple shoulder issues and surgeries. He'll be held out of Cactus League action initially, but the hope remains that he'll be ready to go once the season begins.
Feb 20 - 7:11 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Corey Kluber may not take the ball on Opening Day.

Francona is concerned over the heavy workload that his star right-hander shouldered in 2016 and has said it's okay if Kluber isn't ready to start on Opening Day. It sounds as though the club is going to take it easy on Kluber this spring after logging 249 1/3 innings in 2016.
Feb 19 - 11:44 PM

Brandon Guyer didn't participate in conditioning sprints Saturday after tweaking his hamstring while running on a treadmill last week.

It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him out long. Guyer is in line to play regularly against left-handed pitching for the Tribe this season after being acquired at last year's trade deadline from the Rays.
Feb 19 - 10:00 AM

Manager Terry Francona confirmed Cody Allen will close for the Indians in 2017.

"Cody is our closer," said Francona on Saturday, ending the debate once and for all. Just as he did last season, Allen will work the ninth inning with stud left-hander Andrew Miller serving as a jack-of-all trades. Allen and Miller were lights out in the playoffs last fall, combining for a 0.82 ERA over 33 innings of work. There's no reason to believe Cleveland's late-inning duo will be any less dominant in 2017.
Feb 18 - 6:47 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that the team would take things cautiously with Austin Jackson (knee) early in spring training.

The Indians will ease Jackson along through the first 10-14 days of spring training before reevaluating his progress. The 30-year-old outfielder underwent season-ending surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee last June. He hit .254/.318/.343 with 12 doubles and 18 RBI in 181 at-bats during his injury-shortened 2016 campaign. The Indians inked him to a minor league contract with a spring training invite near the end of January.
Feb 15 - 8:56 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Jose Ramirez is his third baseman.

Francona hasn't ruled out Ramirez seeing some time at shortstop during camp, but putting him in left field isn't part of the plan right now. Assuming Michael Brantley misses the start of the season, Brandon Guyer and Abraham Almonte are among the options for left field.
Feb 15 - 2:43 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for the first spring game.

It's not shocking. Brantley hasn't encountered a setback, but the Indians don't want him to rush his way back from biceps surgery. He's continuing to ramp things up with his tee work, but it's much too soon to say whether he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Feb 15 - 2:40 PM

Indians signed LHP Chris Narveson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Narveson, 35, appeared in six games with the Marlins last season and put up a 3.41 ERA over 15 starts and five relief appearances in Triple-A. He'll provide some veteran depth in camp.
Feb 14 - 9:52 AM

Indians signed LHP James Russell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Russell has really struggled with his chances in the majors the last two seasons, holding a 6.81 ERA over 56 relief appearances. The 31-year-old isn't a good bet to make the Opening Day roster.
Feb 13 - 4:17 PM

Indians signed LHP Luis Perez to a minor league contract.

He did not receive an invitation to spring training. Perez, 32, struggled last season in Japan and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013.
Feb 10 - 12:43 PM

Carlos Santana said in an interview on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Friday that he plans on playing some in the outfield in 2017.

Santana made a couple starts in the outfield in the playoffs last season even though he'd never previously started a game there in the majors. How much time he ultimately sees in the outfield this upcoming season remains to be seen, but it would give manager Terry Francona some additional flexibility and potentially add another position of eligibility for Santana for fantasy purposes.
Feb 10 - 11:05 AM

Free agent outfielder Coco Crisp said Wednesday that he wants to continue his playing career.

Cleveland declined his $13 million option for 2017 back in early November and there haven't been many calls since. "I never rule anything out," Crisp, 37, said of playing this season. "We’ll see what happens. Physically I’m good, there’s nothing that would keep me from playing. My neck feels better, my body feels good." The veteran outfielder batted .231/.302/.398 with 13 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 122 games last year between the A's and Indians.
Feb 9 - 9:11 AM

Indians president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) is at the "end stages" of the tee-work stage of his hitting progression.

Brantley began hitting off a tee in the middle of last month and has steadily increased the volume and intensity of his swings. He still has some hurdles to cross, but things are looking up for his chances of being ready for the start of 2017. The 29-year-old was limited to just 11 games last season and required a second major shoulder surgery.
Feb 7 - 4:01 PM

Indians signed LHP Boone Logan to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The deal includes a $7 million option for 2018 or a $1 million buyout. Logan is a strong addition to a bullpen which was already a tremendous strength. The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 3.69 ERA and 57/20 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings with the Rockies in 2016. He held left-handed batters to a 142/.222/.255 batting line.
Feb 7 - 3:14 PM


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