Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took batting practice in the indoor batting cage on Wednesday.

Kipnis was shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff over the weekend, but it's a good sign that he's able to do some hitting. The plan calls for him to return to on-field batting practice within the next few days. However, it's unclear when he'll begin throwing or be cleared for game action.
Mar 1 - 12:44 PM

Mike Clevinger yielded two earned runs in one inning Tuesday in his Cactus League debut versus the A's.

Clevinger struck out A's leadoff man Rajai Davis to kick off the bottom of the first, but Jed Lowrie singled and promptly Marcus Semien followed with a two-run homer to right. Clevinger then walked two of the next four Oakland hitters. The right-hander figures to open the 2017 season at Triple-A Columbus if there are no injuries to Cleveland's projected starters this spring.
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

Santana has been mentioned as a candidate to play some outfield this year, but he was manning first base today. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2016 by batting .259/.366/.498 with 34 home runs, 87 RBI and 89 runs scored.
Feb 27 - 10:35 PM

Carlos Carrasco gave up two runs on three hits in his two-inning start versus the Rangers on Monday.

The big blow was a two-run jack by young outfielder Nomar Mazara. Carrasco managed a couple of punchouts in the outing. The Indians are just happy to see their stud right-hander back on the mound after he missed their World Series run with a broken hand. He went 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts last year.
Feb 27 - 9:21 PM

Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Indians' Cactus League lineup Monday due to illness.

He should be fine after a day or two of rest. Chisenhall is expected to open the 2017 regular season with a share of the starting right field job in Cleveland.
Feb 27 - 2:07 PM

Tyler Naquin doubled and scored a run Sunday in the Indians' exhibition tie with the Cubs.

Naquin led off the top of the fourth inning with a two-bagger against Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup and then scored a few batters later on a Carlos Santana groundout. The 25-year-old center fielder should start against most right-handers to open the 2017 season after batting .296/.372/.514 with 14 home runs and six stolen bases in 116 games as a rookie.
Feb 26 - 6:05 PM

Danny Salazar struck out three batters over two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring Sunday versus the Cubs.

Salazar walked the first batter he faced, Jason Heyward, and then gave up a single to Eloy Jimenez to lead off the second, but the 27-year-old right-hander was otherwise sharp in his Cactus League debut. He'll be trying to reach 200 innings for the first time in his professional career this season with the defending American League champions.
Feb 26 - 4:05 PM

Tim Cooney will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks after being diagnosed with a strain of his left flexor digitorum superficialis muscle.

In other words, he has a strained forearm. Cooney missed all of last season with shoulder issues and will now get a late start to 2017. The left-hander was claimed off waivers by the Indians back in November.
Feb 26 - 11:36 AM

Jason Kipnis will be shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff.

The Indians have had Kipnis on what they were calling a shoulder strengthening/maintenance program this spring, but they had been saying it was just a precaution. Now we know that the second baseman is actually injured. Kipnis was given a cortisone shot in hopes that it will speed up the healing process. It's obviously unclear at this point as to when Kipnis might be game-ready.
Feb 26 - 11:08 AM

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

Encarnacion was one of the biggest free agents on the market entering the offseason. The defending American League champs inked him to a three-year, $60 million contract at the beginning of January. The 34-year-old slugger has bashed at least 30 home runs in each of the last five seasons. Presumably, Father Time will come calling for him eventually, but as matters stand right now, Encarnacion is an elite fantasy option.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

Ryan Merritt surrendered two runs on four hits over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

One of those runs came home via a solo home run yielded to Eugenio Suarez. Having just turned 25 years old, Merritt figures to open the season in the minors but could turn into an impact arm for the Tribe as the campaign unfolds. He tossed 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball during the Indians' American League pennant-clincher against the Blue Jays last autumn.
Feb 25 - 6:46 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) took normal batting practice indoors on Friday.

It's the next step in Brantley's hitting progression this spring. Coming off a season wrecked by shoulder issues, Brantley will continue to be brought along slowly and it's unclear when he'll be ready to play in Cactus League games.
Feb 24 - 12:09 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that he plans on managing as long as his health permits.

"I've had a lot of surgeries, a lot of health problems," Francona said. "It just takes a toll on you. I love [baseball]...[b]ut there is going to come a day when I feel like I'm shortchanging the team or the organization. That's not fair." Francona enters his 17th season as a manager come the start of the 2017 campaign. The 54-year-old is fresh off being named AL Manager of the Year for his work in helping to guide the Indians to a 94-67 record during the 2016 regular season. The Tribe would go on to win the American League pennant and push to the brink of a World Series title before falling to the Cubs in one of the greatest Game 7's in postseason history.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 7:58 PM

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


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