The Cleveland Indians lose CF LeVon Washington for the next couple of months

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by admin on Sunday 29 April 2012 at 6:55 pm

The Cleveland Indians will be without 20-year old lefty swinging CF LeVon Washington for the next 2-4 months due to right hip surgery.  Washington came into this season as the Tribe’s #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  Washington has played in 6 games in A-ball for the Indians this year and he is 11 of 25 (.440 avg, 1.043 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has now played in 88 games in his first three years in the minors for the Indians and he is 80 for 332 (.241 avg, .689 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 4 homers, 24 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

The Cleveland Indians place Rafael Perez on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by admin on Friday 27 April 2012 at 7:42 pm

The Indians have placed 29-year old lefty reliever Rafael Perez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26th due to a strained left lat muscle.  Perez has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  The Indians have called up 26-year old lefty reliever Nick Hagadone to replace Perez in the bullpen.  Hagadone has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Tribe already this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  The Indians should be o.k. until Perez is ready to return to action as Hagadone is more than capable of doing a good job.

UPDATE:  (4/28/2012) – The Indians will be without Rafael Perez for 3-6 weeks.

Harold Guerrero of the Cleveland Indians gets suspended for 50 games

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by admin on Friday 27 April 2012 at 3:22 am

21-year old lefty reliever/starter Harold Guerrero has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  He pitched in 18 games (7 starts) in A-ball last year and he was 2-4 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 59 games (28 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 5-18 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  This is likely really going to hurt Guerrero’s career with the Cleveland Indians.

Travis Hafner is off to a good start for the Cleveland Indians in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by admin on Thursday 26 April 2012 at 1:45 pm

Lefty swinging DH Travis Hafner is ripping the ball so far this year for the Indians.  He has played in 14 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 16 of 49 (.327 avg, 1.015 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs.  He has whiffed 8 times and walked 14 times so far this year, so he’s locked in and not swinging at many bad pitches.  Hafner has now played in 1,026 games in his 10 years with the Indians and he is 1,005 of 3,564 (.282 avg, .899 OPS) with 566 runs scored, 190 homers, 663 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Hafner is #10 in Indians’ history in OPS (.899) and he is tied for 9th in homers (190) with the legendary Rocky Colavito.  The Indians really hope that Hafner can stay healthy in 2012, because he can still rake at the plate.

Mike Hargrove was one of the most important men in the success of the Cleveland Indians in the 1990’s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Monday 23 April 2012 at 4:35 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Mike Hargrove started his career as a player for the Cleveland Indians in 1979.  He played in 888 games in his seven years with the Indians and he was 860 of 2,945 (.292 avg, .778 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 33 homers, 383 RBIs and 14 stolen base.  His best season with the Indians as a player was back in 1980.  Hargrove played in 160 games in 1980 for the Tribe and he was 179 of 589 (.304 avg, .819 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 11 homers, 85 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Hargrove showed off his great eye at the plate by walking 111 times while only whiffing 36 times in 1980 for the Tribe.  Mike Hargrove changed gears after his playing career was over as the Indians hired him to manage the team starting in 1991.  Hargrove went on to compile a 721-591 (55%) record in his 9 years during the regular season in charge of the Tribe.  He was also 27-25 (51.9%) in the post-season as the Indians’ manager, leading them to the World Series in both 1995 (lost in six games to the Braves) and 1997 (lost in seven games to the Florida Marlins).  History has reflected well on Mike Hargrove for a job well done, both as a first baseman and a manager for the Cleveland Indians.

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