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.

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!

Lonnie Chisenhall will start the 2016 season on the D.L. for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 3:34 am

The Cleveland Indians will place 27-year old lefty swinging OF/3B Lonnie Chisenhall on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 28th due to a right forearm injury.  Chisenhall played in 106 games for the Indians last year and he was 82 of 333 (.246 avg, .667 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 7 homers, 44 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 451 games in his first five years with the Tribe and he is 373 of 1,454 (.257 avg, .713 OPS) with 173 runs scored, 43 homers, 177 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Chisenhall has been a very average player for the Indians, but they are pretty thin in the outfield right now…so they hope he isn’t out too long.

Michael Brantley could be ready for the start of the 2016 season for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 1:03 am

28-year old lefty swinging LF Michael Brantley had shoulder surgery over the winter and many projected that he might miss a few months of the 2016 season, but he has started playing in spring training games already.  He has played in 2 spring training games so far and he is 1 for 5 (.200 avg, 1.133 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  Last year, Brantley played in 137 games for the Cleveland Indians and he was 164 of 529 (.310 avg, .859 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 15 homers, 84 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  He also hit 45 doubles last year, so the Indians expect that some of them will turn into homers in 2016, due to his shoulder being in good shape.  Brantley won a Silver Slugger Award in 2015.  In the last three years, Brantley has played in 444 games for the Indians in which he is 522 of 1,696 (.308 avg) with 228 runs scored, 45 homers, 254 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  Brantley has such a sweet swing, but the Indians should err on the side of caution if he’s not 100% when the season starts.

UPDATE:  (4/4/2016) – Michael Brantley will start the 2016 season on the D.L.

The Cleveland Indians will be without Tommy Hunter until mid-May

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 12:56 am

The Cleveland Indians will be without 29-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter until mid-May as he continues to recover from core muscle surgery.  Hunter pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Orioles and Cubs last year in which he was 4-2 with 1 save, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 284 games (75 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 46-33 with 16 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Hunter has been much better in relief, as he has pitched 209 games out of the pen so far in his career and he is 17-10 with 16 saves, a 3.28 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Hunter will give the Tribe’s bullpen a boost when he returns to action.

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