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 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.

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