Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Indians optioned SS Erik Gonzalez to Triple-A Columbus.

Gonzalez injured his hand last week but returned to Cactus League play on Tuesday. He hit a respectable .311 this spring but struck out in 36.5 percent of his at-bats. A little more seasoning in the minors could do him some good.
Mar 30 - 5:28 PM

Indians optioned 3B Giovanny Urshela to Triple-A Columbus.

He was competing for a backup role at third base but lost out to Yandy Diaz. Urshela did as well as could be expected this spring, hitting .268 across 41 Cactus League at-bats with two homers and seven RBI. The 25-year-old made 81 appearances for the Tribe in 2015 but spent all of last year in the minors.
Mar 30 - 5:24 PM

Indians purchased the contract of INF/OF Michael Martinez from Triple-A Columbus.

He did it by hitting .357 during Cactus League play. The 34-year-old was a jack of all trades last season, starting games at second base, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Despite hitting well in spring training, Martinez is just a .197 lifetime hitter in the big leagues.
Mar 30 - 5:21 PM

Indians purchased the contract of 3B/OF Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus.

He locked down one of the Indians' final bench spots after hitting .429 with two homers and 13 RBI over 42 Cactus League at-bats. The 25-year-old could be close to an everyday player while Jose Ramirez fills in for Jason Kipnis (shoulder) at second base. Michael Martinez has also made the team while Erik Gonzalez and Giovanny Urshela are both headed to Triple-A Columbus.
Mar 30 - 5:15 PM

Indians released 1B/DH Wily Mo Pena.

Pena signed a minor league contract with the Indians in late January, but he always looked like a serious longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. The big 35-year-old slugger did not play professional baseball in 2016 after spending the 2015 season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.
Mar 30 - 3:09 PM

Carlos Carrasco didn’t look sharp in his final start of the spring, allowing nine hits, four runs and one walk over four sluggish innings Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Reds.

He also contributed five strikeouts. Carrasco let up three runs in the opening frame including two on Jose Peraza’s homer to left field. Adam Duvall took him deep for a solo blast later in the same inning. Carrasco ran into trouble again in the second but benefited from a caught stealing. He wasn’t as lucky in the fourth, allowing another run to cross on Billy Hamilton's single to left field. Fantasy owners are drafting Carrasco to be an ace but he certainly hasn’t pitched like one this spring. He posted a hideous 10.80 ERA over six Cactus League starts.
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

Jose Ramirez reached base four times and scored a pair of runs Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Reds.

Ramirez paced the Tribe with three hits including a one-out double in the fifth. He scored later in the same inning on a two-run blast by Brandon Guyer. Ramirez has swung a hot bat this spring, collecting a .314 average over 51 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old recently put pen to paper on a five-year, $28 million extension.
Mar 29 - 7:06 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Carlos Santana is likely to bat leadoff to begin the season.

Santana made 85 starts out of the leadoff spot last season and 59 out of the fifth spot. He's probably the best option to leadoff at this time, but things could change once the Indians have all of their regulars back in the lineup.
Mar 29 - 1:55 PM

Lonnie Chisenhall (shoulder) will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list.

Chisenhall injured his right shoulder when he collided with the outfield wall last Friday and needs some extra time to heal. The Indians are optimistic that he could be ready as soon as the team's first homestand. With Chisenhall sidelined, Abraham Almonte will make the Opening Day roster.
Mar 29 - 12:27 PM

Corey Kluber surrendered five earned runs over five innings in his final Cactus League start Tuesday against the Brewers.

Kluber gave up two home runs to Orlando Arcia and one to Ryan Braun. He allowed six hits in total, with two walks and six strikeouts. It probably wasn't the final spring pitching line that Kluber was hoping for, but it's also nothing to worry about. The ace right-hander will take the bump for the Indians on Opening Day against the Rangers.
Mar 28 - 7:30 PM

Shawn Armstrong has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.

Armstrong did well for himself as a September call-up last year, contributing a rock-solid 2.53 ERA over 10 outings for the Tribe. He'll be employed as a middle reliever this year with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen handling most of Cleveland's high leverage opportunities.
Mar 28 - 2:36 PM

Indians optioned RHP Carlos Frias to Triple-A Columbus.

LHP Kyle Crockett and RHP Nick Goody are also being sent to Columbus. Frias was acquired from the Dodgers in January but couldn't beat out Shawn Armstrong for the final spot in Cleveland's pen. For his career, the right-hander carries a 4.50 ERA over 33 big league appearances (15 starts).
Mar 28 - 2:31 PM

Indians signed INF/OF Jose Ramirez to a five-year, $26 million extension.

The agreement was reported late last week and it's now official. The extension includes two club options at $11 million (2022) and $13 million (2023), so the deal could max out at $50 million. Ramirez is coming off a breakout 2016 where he batted .312/.363/.462 with 11 homers, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases over 152 games.
Mar 28 - 12:24 PM

Danny Salazar struck out nine while yielding two runs over 5 2/3 frames versus the Cubs on Monday.

We got the Full Salazar on Monday, as he piled up the strikeouts but also missed some spots and served up a pair of home runs. It's digestible when he surrenders the homers with no one on base as he did in this one, but that's not always the case. Salazar has had an uneven spring with a 4.85 ERA but 37 punchouts over 26 innings.
Mar 27 - 11:42 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to play in three straight Cactus League games beginning on Tuesday.

It looks to be the last test to see whether Brantley will be ready to play on Opening Day. Things have gone well to this point as Brantley ramps things up. He slugged his first Cactus League home run on Sunday and his surgically-repaired right shoulder has held up. However, the outfielder has run into problems previously with the shoulder when he played in multiple games in a row. We'll know in a few days whether Brantley will be on the Opening Day roster or will need a little more rehab time. Even if he cracks the roster, fantasy owners should count on him being rested a lot early on.
Mar 27 - 9:35 PM


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