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Zach McAllister struck out nine Brewers batters over five innings, allowing two runs Saturday.

McAllister allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, posting an impressive 9/0 K/BB ratio in the game. With Danny Salazar in Triple-A, McAllister has a good shot at winning a rotation spot with the Indians. Saturday's effort certainly helps that cause.
Mar 28 - 7:20 PM

Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run, his first of spring, in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently, but he's back and showed no signs of lingering issues Saturday. The second baseman hit a two-run shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the third inning. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Assuming he stays feeling alright, Kipnis should be just fine for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 7:18 PM

Jose Ramirez struggled in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Ramirez is now hitting .250 (12-for-48) in Cactus League play. He'll begin the season as the Tribe's everyday shortstop, but if he struggles to hit in the early going, Francisco Lindor could quickly get the call from Triple-A to replace him.
Mar 27 - 6:59 PM

Corey Kluber was terrific in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing just one run on six hits over six frames.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. Unfortunately, he was out-dueled by Josh Collmenter who was terrific on the other side of the diamond. Kluber now boasts a 3.38 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings on the spring and looks ready for the regular season to begin.
Mar 27 - 6:56 PM

Indians optioned RHP Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.

It was speculated after Salazar was rocked during Thursday's appearance that he might be sent down, and sure enough that's what happened. T.J. House and Zach McAllister are now the favorites to hold down the last two spots in the Indians' rotation, with Josh Tomlin also in the mix. Salazar still figures to spend ample time in the rotation this season if he can get straightened out at Triple-A, but obviously this is a big blow to his fantasy value.
Mar 27 - 12:36 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 27 - 10:48 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Danny Salazar "might have cost himself a spot in the rotation" with his poor outing Thursday.

Salazar gave up seven runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Reds. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the club "would never make a decision on one start," but it's possible Salazar is behind Zach McAllister in the pecking order now. Salazar has a 15/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this spring but has allowed 13 runs (10 earned). McAllister holds a 3.21 ERA over his 14 frames to go along with a 15/4 K/BB ratio. Perhaps just as important, McAllister is out of options and Salazar has one left. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the immensely talented Salazar to pull through.
Mar 27 - 10:46 AM

Jason Kipnis (back) returned to Cactus League play on Thursday.

Kipnis singled in his first at-bat and also made a diving play in the field. Most importantly, he didn't have any issues with his back. The second baseman got a late start while working his way back from finger surgery and also missed over a week with back spasms, but he fully expects to be fine for Opening Day. "Some guys need 30 at-bats, some guys need 80 at-bats," said Kipnis. "If you're going good, you want to get going faster. I'm feeling good at the plate so I'm ready to start whenever we get there. If I get 20 or 30 more at-bats, that will be great for me."
Mar 27 - 10:38 AM

Danny Salazar was lit up in Thursday's start against the Reds, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings.

The Reds' first two runs came on a first-inning Todd Frazier solo home run and a second-inning Devon Mesoraco solo shot. From there, the floodgates opened, as Salazar gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. Salazar has been rather inconsistent, but he has the potential to be an elite fantasy asset if he can put it all together for an entire season.
Mar 26 - 7:08 PM

Michael Brantley will be sidelined for the next couple of days due to back tightness.

Brantley was also bothered by back discomfort earlier this spring, but Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday that there isn't much concern. Brantley, 27, batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season. He ranks sixth among all MLB outfielders in our 2015 Rotoworld Draft Guide.
Mar 26 - 1:03 PM

Indians reassigned LHP Michael Roth, SS Francisco Lindor, C Adam Moore, RHP Dustin Molleken, INF Destin Hood, and RHP Bryan Price to minor league camp.

Roth pitched pretty well this spring, but he was never really in the running for an Opening Day bullpen spot. He'll be emergency lefty relief depth for the Tribe.
Mar 26 - 12:31 PM

Indians optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus.

Lee walked five batters and yielded four hits in six innings this spring. He's organizational relief depth.
Mar 26 - 12:28 PM

Michael Bourn went 1-for-3 with a double on Wednesday against the Angels, providing the Indians their only extra-base hit on the afternoon.

Bourn continues to hit well, now carrying a .378 average (14-for-37). However, only two of his hits have gone for extra-bases and he's also yet to steal a base. Bourn will have minimal value if he is simply a singles hitter who doesn't steal bases.
Mar 25 - 7:10 PM

Josh Tomlin yielded two runs in four innings versus the Angels in Wednesday's start.

Tomlin allowed a whopping nine hits along with one walk while striking out two on the afternoon. The 30-year-old right-hander has been slowed this spring by a minor issue with his right shoulder and appears headed to Triple-A to start the season.
Mar 25 - 7:10 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) could get into a Cactus League game Thursday.

"The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But, you want to kind of reserve the right to [change your mind], if he needs a day. But, I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good." Kipnis played in a minor league game Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. He's been sidelined for over a week with back spasms but should still be good to go for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 6:30 PM


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