The Cleveland Indians skip Danny Salazar in the rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 1:55 pm

The Cleveland Indians skipped 26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the rotation due to shoulder fatigue.  It’s better to be safe than sorry as far as Salazar is concerned.  Salazar has pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 6-3 with a 2.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has only given up 44 hits and he has whiffed 81 batters in his first 68 1/3 innings this year, but he has walked 33 batters and that’s way too many.  25-year old righty Cody Anderson took Salazar’s start last night and he was awful.  He 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 given up 63 hits (11 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 43 1/3 innings this year.  The Indians can’t afford to lose Salazar, because the alternatives are not good (see Anderson).

The Cleveland Indians need more from Yan Gomes

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 3 June 2016 at 3:17 pm

The Cleveland Indians need more offensively from 28-year old righty swinging catcher Yan Gomes.  Gomes has played in 41 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 26 of 152 (.171 avg, .552 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers and 26 RBIs.  He has also only walked 7 times against 43 whiffs so far this year.  Despite the low batting average and OPS, Gomes is still #4 on the team in homers and #3 on the team in RBIs.  Gomes will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate because the Tribe doesn’t really have a legit alternative to playing him.  The backup catcher right now is 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez.  He has played in 14 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .723 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs.  If 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez was healthy (he’s out due to a fractured right thumb), the Indians could rest Gomes more.  Perez has played in 4 games for the Tribe this year before breaking his thumb and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

UPDATE: (6/8/2016) – Yan Gomes was hit by a foul tip in last night’s game and he has a testicular contusion.  This is going to make him miss some time for the Tribe.  Chris Gimenez will take over as the starting catcher until Gomes is ready to return to action with Carlos Santana backing him up.

The Cleveland Indians place Michael Brantley on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 11:53 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Brantley on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue.  Brantley had surgery on that shoulder over the winter.  He might have come back to quickly, so the Indians will give him a break for a couple of weeks to heal.  Brantley has played in 11 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 9 for 39 (.231 avg, .561 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Brantley has now played in 818 games in his first 8 years with the Indians and he is 918 of 3,147 (.292 avg, .769 OPS) with 407 runs scored, 61 homers, 400 RBIs and 95 stolen bases.  The Indians need Brantley’s bat, but they can’t afford to bring him back until he is fully healthy.

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

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 11:48 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 27-year old righty swinging catcher Roberto Perez on the 15-day D.L. due to a fractured right thumb.  Perez has played in 4 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  He has walked six times already this year for the Indians.  The Indians have called up 31-year old righty swinging catcher Adam Moore to replace Perez as the Tribe’s backup catcher.  Moore played in 16 games in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 7 for 45 (.156 avg, .558 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs.  Moore has played in 87 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 54 of 269 (.201 avg, .550 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Moore won’t play too much for the Indians as long as Yan Gomes is healthy.

UPDATE:  (5/6/2016) – The Indians finally have a timetable on Perez’ return, as he has had surgery to repair his thumb.  He will miss the next 8-12 weeks.

The Cleveland Indians place Carlos Carrasco on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 9:10 pm

The Cleveland Indians have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring.  He was injured covering first base against the Tigers yesterday in Detroit.  He will likely miss 4-6 weeks.  Carrasco has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 20 innings this year for the Tribe.  The Indians will turn to 25-year old righty Trevor Bauer to replace Carrasco in the starting rotation.  Bauer has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Bauer was upset at not winning a starting job out of spring training after pitching well there.  He definitely has the stuff to succeed, the Indians just need him to step up!

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