INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Optimizing And Projecting the ALDS 25-Man Roster

Throughout a 162 game season, the 25-man roster is a dynamic force of nature; constantly changing to meet the demands of a long campaign. Clubs often make rational decisions based off long-term needs and upcoming off days. If a change in the roster is needed throughout that span, the organization can simply make a roster move as needed. Not so for the postseason roster. It must be...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 hours ago

Santana’s Scorching Hot September Carried Slumping Tribe Lineup

It seemed only fitting that Carlos Santana spent the final day of September in hot pursuit of a cycle as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals by a 7-2 final on Friday night. After all, the Indians designated hitter and first baseman had spent the entire month hitting the cover off of the ball. With three hard hits, two for extra bases, he pushed his September batting...

Today in Tribe History: October 1, 1954

For the first time since 1948, the World Series comes to the city of Cleveland as the Indians, owners of the most wins in baseball this season, host New York but the Giants score early and often in a 6-2 win. The Tribe already trailed in the series, two games to none, after a three-run walk-off homer in the opener and a 3-1 Giants win on September 30. The new location made no difference...

Indians' Bauer makes final start before ALDS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is more concerned about how his rotation will line up for the American League Division Series than the Saturday matchup with the Kansas City Royals. Right-hander Trevor Bauer, who starts Saturday, will in all likelihood by the Indians starter for the first postseason game Thursday. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was placed...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Indians show approval as Lindor snaps slump

The smile arrived shortly before Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor reached second base. When he slowed down and stood on the bag, Lindor could not contain himself any longer.
Via Indians.com
13 hours ago

Lindor and Santana Support Merritt’s Strong Start; Indians 7, Royals 2

Carlos Santana came up a homer short of the cycle, Francisco Lindor busted out of his lengthy slump, and Ryan Merritt gave Cleveland five solid innings on the mound as the Indians gave the Kansas City Royals a rare home loss in a 7-2 final. Kansas City would jump out to an early lead in the first against Merritt, making his first Major League start and just his fourth appearance...

Injured Indians ace Kluber holds long-toss session

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Cleveland ace Corey Kluber had a long-toss session and Indians right-hander Danny Salazar threw on the side on Friday, providing a pair of encouraging signs for the injury-riddled AL Central champions. The Indians will begin the playoffs with only two healthy veteran starting pitchers; right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Left-hander Rick Merritt made...
Via Associated Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians put Carrasco on 60-day DL, out for year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 60-day disabled list, sidelining the right-hander for the rest of the year. Carrasco broke the pinkie finger on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive on Sept. 17. Carrasco was 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts. The AL Central champion Indians will enter the postseason with only two healthy...
Via Associated Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bauer open to any postseason role for Indians

The Indians have talked to Trevor Bauer about potentially pitching on short rest in the postseason. The right-hander not only expressed his willingness to do that, but he also let the club know that he is open to also being available as a reliever.
Via Indians.com
18 hours ago

Indians active Yan Gomes; transfer Carlos Carrasco to 60-day DL

The Cleveland Indians have activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list prior to the start of Friday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. But despite having his spot on the roster back, he is not a full-go, as he has still not been cleared to hit, but only to catch. It was announced he […] The post Indians active Yan Gomes; transfer Carlos Carrasco to 60-day DL...
Via Today's Knuckleball
20 hours ago

Indians Hope To Bring Back Mike Napoli For 2017

The Indians hope to re-sign first baseman Mike Napoli this winter, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. It’s not known whether the club will issue the veteran slugger a qualifying offer, he adds. There certainly seems to be mutual interest, and Cleveland still could use a first baseman/DH to pair with Carlos Santana — whose option seems all but certain to be exercised...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Latest On Michael Brantley’s Shoulder Injury

There were some conflicting indications today about what the Indians can expect from outfielder Michael Brantley in 2017. Jon Heyman of Fan Rag cited sources who suggested that Brantley was at risk of “miss[ing] significant time next year” after undergoing shoulder surgery, but that’s not quite how the team sees it. Both Brantley and Cleveland president of baseball operations...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Rookies to the Rescue: Tribe Has Seen Play-off Success with Youngsters

The injuries of Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco in the past two weeks have been devastating to the Indians, but when the Indians talked of starting rotation depth in March, they weren’t just talking about the starting five. Yes, the reason why the Indians came into the season with a great advantage over the rest of the division was because of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Salazar...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago

The Cleveland Indians should not fear October jinxes

The Cleveland Indians are a good team. They have nothing to fear from October. Now that the playoffs are assured for the Cleveland Indians, it doesn’t feel as much like playing with fate to talk about what could be once October dawns. Any fan or baseball scribe has countless thoughts about what can or will be in the postseason. But when you have any sort of rooting interest, whether...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians News and Notes: Will Video Recording Superstar Trevor Bauer Start Game 1 of the ALDS?

He's also very good at pitching. Last night's game isn't worth talking about. The Columbus Clippers got dominated by Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Jim Rosenhaus played a mean left field, though. A bad Tuesday aside, it's true! The Indians do have a chance to win the World Series! A 9% chance, according to Fangraphs. Here are 5 reasons why that 9% could become 100. -----...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has strained quadricep

Under the circumstances, I guess this counts as good news. Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has what is being termed a "mild strain" of his quadriceps muscle. In the same Tweet, Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian says the expected timetable for his return to the mound is 7-10 days. That means Kluber's regular season is over (as are his chances of winning the Cy Young this season...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

With division won, injury-plagued Indians eye playoffs

DETROIT (AP) Corey Kluber had an MRI in Cleveland on Tuesday, a day after he left his start at Detroit with right groin tightness. Manager Terry Francona said he didn't have results yet. He said Kluber was ''a little stiff, but not overly tender'' - so that was cause for optimism. The Indians clinched the AL Central title Monday, but their postseason outlook has taken a bit of...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Celebrate Monday Night by Watching Kluber

It’s a very, very low-key day on the pitching front as despite the fact that we have 10 games going today, there’s really only one compelling pitcher tossing. Check ’em—or rather, him—out! Aces in Isolation Corey Kluber (CLE) versus Detroit’s Buck Farmer Kluber pitched through the sixth for the 14th straight time last time out, as he stymied the Royals for just two...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hope for Cleveland Indians dwindling

The Cleveland Indians have all but sealed up the American League Central Division title, which in a perfect world would mean that there should be reason for optimism. Not this year. Though the Tribe has been able to secure a 90-win season–they are 90-65, with seven games remaining–it has come at a steep cost. In recent weeks the Indians have lost two of their top three starting...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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