Player News - Indians

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The Indians say they're going into the offseason without a position set in stone for Jason Kipnis.

The club will make a determination on Kipnis' position based on what they're able to do or not do at other positions over the offseason. Kipnis had played only second base in the majors coming into the season but was used in center field down the stretch.
Oct 13 - 2:35 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Indians' loss to the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

Encarnacion gave it his best shot, but it was pretty obvious that his timing was off on Wednesday. Outside of a long foul ball, he didn't make any hard contact and he took several pitches down the middle of the plate, including the one that struck him out in the bottom of the ninth against Aroldis Chapman. Encarnacion was a key reason why Cleveland was here in the first place, but it's unfortunate that his gruesome Game 2 ankle injury essentially eliminated him from this series.
Oct 12 - 12:10 AM

Corey Kluber gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings in a Game 5 ALDS loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Kluber only gave up three hits and two walks and he struck out six. Unfortunately, two of those hits were homers by Didi Gregorius, and Kluber's shaky command on Wednesday caused the Tribe to turn to the bullpen early. It's disappointing to see the right-hander's year come to an end like this, because he was so consistent throughout the 2017 regular season. He'll finish either first or second in the AL Cy Young voting, but his season ends on a disappointing note, especially for Cleveland fans.
Oct 11 - 11:58 PM

Giovanny Urshela (leg) is in the Indians' starting lineup for ALDS Game 5 on Wednesday versus the Yankees.

Urshela took a line drive off his left leg in the Indians' ALDS Game 4 loss, but he'll play through whatever discomfort remains with Cleveland's season on the line. The 26-year-old is playing third base and batting ninth against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia.
Oct 11 - 3:53 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is starting at DH and batting cleanup in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night against the Yankees.

Encarnacion left Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday after suffering an ugly-looking right ankle injury on a play at second base, but he was able to do running drills and take on-field batting practice during Tuesday's off-day team workout at Progressive Field and the veteran slugger is a go for this loser-goes-home tilt. The full lineup for Cleveland versus Yankees lefty CC Sabathia: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis CF, Jose Ramirez 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Carlos Santana 1B, Austin Jackson LF, Jay Bruce RF, Roberto Perez C, Giovanny Urshela 3B. Corey Kluber will be on the mound.
Oct 11 - 3:48 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) went through a series of running drills on Tuesday afternoon.

He also took batting practice during the Indians' off-day workout at Progressive Field. Encarnacion hasn't made an appearance since spraining his right ankle on a play at second base in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, but it looks like the veteran slugger will be ready to start at DH in Wednesday night's winner-advances Game 5 against the Yankees.
Oct 10 - 7:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Giovanny Urshela has some soreness in his left leg.

Urshela took a line drive off the leg in the Indians' ALDS Game 4 loss to the Yankees on Monday. He made two errors in that game and is 1-for-9 with four strikeouts so far in this best-of-five Division Series, so Francona may try something different at third base in Game 5 on Wednesday even if Urshela feels OK.
Oct 10 - 4:10 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that the club believes Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) will be available for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday.

It's unclear whether this means Encarnacion will be ready to return to the starting lineup or available strictly as a pinch-hitter. The veteran slugger hasn't played since spraining his right ankle in a play at second base in Game 2 on Friday.
Oct 10 - 3:42 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona is hopeful that Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) will be available for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday.

"I don't know yet. How do you know?" said Francona. "I would hope so. I hope." Francona said before Game 4 on Monday that Encarnacion was "working towards" being available as a pinch-hitter, but he still hasn't played since spraining his right ankle in Game 2 on Friday. Removing him from the roster would make him ineligible to play in the ALCS, so the Indians are willing to wait things out.
Oct 10 - 8:55 AM

Trevor Bauer lasted just 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Yankees, giving up four unearned runs.

Bauer was making the start on short rest, but you wouldn’t know it based on the radar gun that regularly had him hitting the high-90s. However, the right-hander was unable to pitch around a Giovanny Urshela error in the second, giving up four straight two-out hits as the Yankees mounted a 4-0 lead to KO Bauer. The Bombers wound up with six unearned runs on the night, as Urshela made an additional error and Danny Salazar also had one. The Indians will turn to Corey Kluber in Game 5 as they look to avoid losing a sixth straight potential playoff series clincher.
Oct 9 - 11:19 PM

Roberto Perez swatted a solo home run on Monday in the Indians' loss to the Yankees.

His opposite-field shot off of Luis Severino in the fifth inning made things interesting as it cut the Yankees' lead to 5-3, but that's all the Indians could do and the Yanks tacked on a couple more runs. A career .216/.309/.362 hitter during regular season play, Perez now has gone deep four times in 18 postseason games.
Oct 9 - 11:04 PM

Carlos Santana blasted a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Luis Severino had held the Tribe off the scoreboard for the first three innings before Santana's shot over the center-field wall in the fourth got Cleveland their first two tallies. Roberto Perez added a solo shot of his own, but that's all the Indians could put together. Santana has a hit in all four games so far and is getting on base at a .389 clip.
Oct 9 - 11:02 PM

Adam Plutko underwent surgery Monday to repair a labrum tear in his right hip.

He's expected to need 4-6 months of rehab before resuming full baseball activities. Plutko was up a few times with the Tribe this season but never appeared in a game.
Oct 9 - 5:13 PM

Brandon Guyer will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair the extensor tendon in his left wrist.

Guyer initially injured his wrist back in May and then aggravated the ailment in September. A timetable for his recovery will be determined after the procedure.
Oct 9 - 5:07 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said before Monday's ALDS Game 4 that Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is "working towards" being available as a pinch-hitter.

Tito wouldn't commit either way, though. "If you see him strolling up to the plate, he's available," the skipper said. Encarnacion hasn't started the last two contests after spraining his right ankle in Game 2, and it's unclear whether he has a shot to start Game 5.
Oct 9 - 4:55 PM


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