Player News - Indians

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Danny Salazar walked five batters and gave up four base hits but escaped with a win by allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings in the Indians 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday.

Salazar was not nearly as dominant as usual, fanning only three batters. He didn't give up a run until the fifth inning when the Indians already had a seven run lead. Salazar's elevated walk rate is the only concern his owners might have considering he has a stellar 2.40 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 43 walks across his 86 1/3 innings this year.
Jun 24 - 11:06 PM

Jason Kipnis hit two triples and knocked in three runners to help the Indians beat the Tigers on Friday.

Kipnis tripled in two runs in the first inning, then tripled in another run in the fourth. His teammates failed to score him from third base both times. His .268/.325/.439 slash line isn't nearly as pretty as last year's .303/.372/.451 but his counting stats are looking better. His nine homers have already tied last year's total and put him on pace to beat his career high of 17. He has 36 runs and 38 RBI as well as four steals.
Jun 24 - 11:00 PM

Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained.

He'll be available to pinch-hit Friday and will be back in the lineup Saturday. Chris Gimenez is catching in Gomes' place.
Jun 24 - 4:12 PM

Abraham Almonte (suspension) homered Wednesday in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus.

He played center field and batted leadoff, finishing 1-for-4. Almonte is aiming to join the Indians on July 3, when his 80-game PED suspension will officially come to an end. They could use him in that thin outfield.
Jun 23 - 10:50 AM

Trevor Bauer manhandled the Rays on Wednesday night, giving them only one run while striking out 10 in a 6-1 complete game victory.

Bauer is having a breakout season and has been especially good of late. His 3.20 ERA is by far the best of his career. He has done it by finally getting his walk rate under control. Bauer started the season in the bullpen but has now made 11 starts and is locked into the Indians' rotation moving forward. Bauer lines up for two starts next week versus the Braves and Blue Jays.
Jun 22 - 10:16 PM

Carlos Santana stayed hot as he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI on Wednesday.

Santana is a drain on the batting average category but is solid everywhere else. He now has a .231/.333/.455 line with 15 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. That would look good if he still had catcher eligibility but is not so hot for a designated hitter.
Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

Corey Kluber struck out nine while scattering three hits in a complete-game, 6-0 shutout of the Rays on Tuesday.

Two of those three hits, all singles, came in the ninth inning with Kluber over 100 pitches, as he flat-out dominated the Rays for most of the game. It was the third time this year he's struck out nine or more in a start, and the win pulled him to 7-7 overall. Kluber will carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 103/22 K/BB ratio into Monday's game against the Braves.
Jun 21 - 10:19 PM

Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Ramirez' two-run shot in the eighth inning expanded the Indians' lead. It was his fourth homer of the year, giving him 25 RBI and 35 runs scored. He's had to make himself versatile to find his way into the lineup on a regular basis -- Ramirez has played four different positions this season -- and he's batting .292/.357/.425 through 62 games.
Jun 21 - 10:15 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Rays on Tuesday.

The steal was the third of the year for the speedster, who hasn't stolen more than three in a season since 2011. Napoli is batting just .237 with a .309 on-base percentage, but he's found ways to contribute on a regular basis in his first year with the Tribe. The 34-year-old has 15 home runs on the year, and his 49 RBI are sixth-most among American Leaguers.
Jun 21 - 10:12 PM

Juan Uribe hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Uribe has now somehow homered in four straight games after hitting just two in his first 48 contests. The veteran third baseman is still batting just .236/.288/.385 with those six homers and 20 RBI on the year.
Jun 21 - 9:58 PM

Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis.

He was given a cortisone injection and will hopefully be able to resume baseball activities within the next few days. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He remains out indefinitely.
Jun 21 - 4:52 PM

Michael Brantley has traveled to Dallas for a second opinion on his right shoulder.

It's actually like the 10th opinion by now. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season because of discomfort and fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and he began experiencing new problems this week. There is obviously no timetable for his return.
Jun 21 - 4:23 PM

Indians prospect left-hander Brady Aiken tossed two scoreless innings Monday in his pro debut in the rookie-level Arizona League.

Aiken struck out three and walked one. The 19-year-old was selected No. 1 overall by the Astros two years ago, but didn't end up signing and fell to No. 17 overall last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Indians will bring him along slowly after surgery, so he's a ways off from the majors, but he still offers plenty of promise in the long-term.
Jun 21 - 11:38 AM

Juan Uribe hit a home run in his third straight game Monday, and the Indians bested the Rays 7-4.

Uribe had two home runs in his first 48 games before belting three in the last three days. Monday's was a two-run blast in the eighth inning to extend the Indians' lead. Uribe now has five homers and 19 RBI to go with a .235/.289/.371 line overall.
Jun 20 - 10:41 PM

Francisco Lindor filled up the stat sheet on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored against the Rays.

The three-hit game was the fourth such performance in the last eight games for the 22-year-old talent. He's now got eight home runs and 12 stolen bases in 68 games. Lindor is batting .314/.375/.466 overall.
Jun 20 - 10:33 PM


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