The Cleveland Indians sign Joe Thatcher

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:03 am

The Cleveland Indians have signed 34-year old lefty reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league deal.  Thatcher pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Dodgers earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He gave up 14 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 15 innings in AAA-ball for the Dodgers this year.  Thatcher has pitched in 405 games (0 starts) in his first nine years in the show and he is 11-16 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  He could be in Cleveland in the very, very near future!

The Cleveland Indians call up Kyle Crockett

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 2:44 am

The Cleveland Indians have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Kyle Crockett.  Crockett pitched in 11 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Tribe and he was 0-0 with a 14.73 ERA and a 2.56 WHIP.  He also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year in which he was 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Crockett has pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Tribe and he is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  The Indians have sent Cody Anderson to AAA to open up a roster spot for Crockett.

The Cleveland Indians place Yan Gomes on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 5:29 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 28-year old righty swinging Yan Gomes off the D.L. due to a separated right shoulder.  Gomes has played in 71 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 41 of 249 (.165 avg, .512 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 32 RBIs.  He has whiffed 69 times against only 9 walks so far this year, so he wasn’t very selective at the plate.  The Indians have activated 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez off the D.L. and he will probably take over as the starting catcher until Gomes returns to action.  Perez has played in 9 games in Rookie+A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment from his fractured thumb and he was 5 for 16 (.313 avg, .917 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He also has played in 4 games for the Indians earlier this year and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Perez has now played in 103 games in his first three years with the Tribe and he is 65 of 277 (.235 avg, .720 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 8 homers and 26 RBIs.  33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez will continue to serve as the backup and Trevor Bauer’s personal catcher moving forward.  Gimenez has played in 35 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 16 of 85 (.188 avg, .501 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.

UPDATE:  The Indians will be without Yan Gomes for the next 4-8 weeks.

The Cleveland Indians place Tommy Hunter on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 4:57 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 30-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 10th, due to a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.  Hunter has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his first 21 2/3 innings for the Tribe so far this year.  The Indians have called up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Cody Anderson to replace Hunter in the bullpen.  Anderson has pitched in 9 games (8 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 7.48 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  Anderson has also pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Anderson has now pitched in 24 games (23 starts) in his first two years with the Indians and he is 8-7 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Anderson pitches better for them this time around.

The Cleveland Indians release Grofi Cruz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 4:49 pm

The Cleveland Indians have released 20-year old righty swinging 3B/SS Grofi Cruz.  Cruz played in 7 games in Rookie+A-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 4 for 21 (.190 avg, .451 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Cruz played in 127 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 102 of 460 (.222 avg, .530 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 0 homers, 38 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  This is not much of a loss for the Tribe, as Cruz didn’t show much for them.

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