Player News - Indians

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Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Napoli unloaded for a two-run home run off Chris Tillman in the fourth inning. The tater was his 10th of the season. In addition to the 10 long balls, he has driven in 35 runs while hitting to a .233/.305/.471 triple-slash across 172 at-bats. So long as the veteran slugger can stay healthy, the power and RBI production should be there all season.
May 29 - 4:40 PM

Mike Clevinger struggled in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday, yielding four runs on four hits over four innings.

Clevinger struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. Three of the four runs to score on his watch came home courtesy of a bases-clearing double by Mark Trumbo in the very first inning. The 25-year-old right-hander has now made three starts and has allowed at least four runs in all of them. He will try for a better result in a home start against the Royals next time out.
May 29 - 4:34 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona on Sunday wouldn't reveal whether Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) will make another rehab start or rejoin the major league rotation.

The skipper did say he got a good report on how Carrasco looked in his rehab start with Double-A Akron on Saturday where he allowed one earned run and struck out six over four frames. Carrasco threw only 53 pitches in the outing, so the Indians might want to stretch him out a bit more before activating him.
May 29 - 11:41 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) admitted Saturday that it's "going to take a little bit of time" before he returns.

Indians manager Terry Francona added that the club is taking a more "conservative" approach with Brantley now after it appears they brought him back from the disabled list too soon late last month. "We didn't put a timetable (on Brantley's return) because there isn't one," said Francona. "It's how he feels." Brantley took dry swings and hit off a tee Friday, but he hasn't been cleared to swing a bat in consecutive days yet.
May 29 - 10:58 AM

Joba Chamberlain (intercostal) will throw a bullpen session Monday.

Chamberlain has missed the last week of action with a strained left intercostal muscle. It sounds like he could be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible or close to it.
May 29 - 10:26 AM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in an 11-4 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday.

Batting atop the Indians order, Santana played the part of leadoff hitter, collecting a couple hits and stealing his third base of the season. Without much fanfare, he's now reached base safely in 10 straight games. The 30-year-old is hitting .231/.345/.438 with eight homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year.
May 28 - 8:23 PM

Danny Salazar allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

Salazar gave up six hits and walked two to earn his fifth win of the year. He continues to be one of the best pitchers in the American League, posting a 2.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 72/28 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings of work. He's presently second in the league in strikeouts and fourth in ERA among qualified starters. Salazar will next take on the Royals on Thursday.
May 28 - 8:02 PM

Mike Napoli clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Indians past the visiting Orioles.

Napoli tagged O's starter Mike Wright with a solo shot in the fourth inning, pulling the Tribe to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .232/.304/.463 with nine long balls and 31 RBI on the season.
May 27 - 11:12 PM

Trevor Bauer wasn't at his best in Friday's no-decision against the Orioles, surrendering three runs on nine hits across six frames.

Bauer walked a pair and struck out four in the ballgame. All three runs that he allowed came in the first inning, then Bauer was able to settle in nicely and blank the O's the next five innings. He'll carry a 4.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rangers.
May 27 - 11:10 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will take some dry swings and possibly hit off a tee on Friday.

It's a nice step, although there remains no timetable for Brantley to return to games so it's going to be a long process. The outfielder was placed on the disabled list two weeks ago due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
May 27 - 4:31 PM

Yan Gomes is absent from the Indians' lineup Friday.

It appears to be a simple day off. Chris Gimenez will catch in Gomes' place.
May 27 - 3:24 PM

Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Saturday.

Carrasco has been throwing off a mound for two weeks and hasn't had any issues with his strained hamstring. The right-hander will throw four innings or 60 pitches Saturday, so he figures to need at least one additional rehab outing before rejoining the Indians' rotation early next month.
May 27 - 1:39 PM

Corey Kluber was fantastic in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox, firing 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out nine.

Only one of the two runs on Kluber's line was earned. The nine strikeouts stand as his second-best effort of 2016. After struggling for much of April, the ace right-hander has worked his ERA down to 3.78. He also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 67/16 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. He will look to continue to round into form in a home start against the Rangers next time he takes the ball.
May 25 - 5:21 PM

Indians 1B prospect Nellie Rodriguez belted his 10th home run of the year Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.

Rodriguez also walked twice as the RubberDucks cruised to an 8-3 victory over Altoona. The 21-year-old has been a force of nature this year with 36 RBI and a .512 slugging percentage. Of course, Rodriguez's huge power numbers have come at the expense of his batting average. He's hitting only .259 while leading the league with 63 strikeouts.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 3:35 PM

Indians OF prospect Bradley Zimmer ripped three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.

He finished a double shy of the cycle while matching a season-high with four RBI. The former first-round pick has shown a nice blend of speed and power this year. He's tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 17 steals and is also fourth in RBI with 33. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a low batting average (.247) and huge strikeout totals (54 punch-outs in 150 at-bats). Zimmer has an intriguing skill set but he's not polished enough for the big leagues yet.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 3:23 PM


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