The Cleveland Indians lose Carlos Carrasco for the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 4:05 am

The Cleveland Indians have lost 29-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco for the remainder of the 2016 season due to a fractured right hand.  He was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers’ leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler on Saturday.  This is a HUGE blow to the Cleveland Indians, who earlier this week lost Danny Salazar for the season.  Carrasco pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Indians this year and he was 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 134 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 150 batters in his 146 1/3 innings for the Tribe this year.  Carrasco has now pitched in 143 games (109 starts) in his first seven years with the Tribe and he is 44-46 with 1 save, a 3.92 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  In his last three years, Carrasco has pitched in 94 games (68 starts) for the Indians in which he is 31-26 with 1 save, a 3.22 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Yan Gomes is done for the season for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by joelapinski on Friday 16 September 2016 at 10:15 pm

29-year old righty swinging catcher Yan Gomes will miss the rest of the season for the Cleveland Indians, as he broke his wrist getting hit by a pitch on a rehab assignment.  He was rehabbing from a separated right shoulder!  Gomes played in 71 games for the Indians this year and he was 41 of 249 (.165 avg, .512 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 32 RBIs.  It will be up to 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez and 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez will be behind the plate the rest of the year for the Tribe, so they need them to both step up!  Perez has played in 49 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 22 of 125 (.176 avg, .569 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBI.  Gimenez has played in 62 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 29 of 132 (.220 avg, .619 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBI.  The Indians had the right idea when they tried to deal for Jonathan Lucroy.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but it appears that the Indians should have tried to trade for another catcher at the trade deadline.

The Cleveland Indians could be without Danny Salazar for the remainder of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Needs to Step Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 12:29 pm

The Cleveland Indians could be without 26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar for the remainder of the 2016 season.  He has a mildly strained right elbow.  He will be shut down for the next 10 days completely and he will miss at least the next 3-4 weeks.  Salazar has pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has only given up 121 hits and he has whiffed 161 batters in his 137 1/3 innings so far this year, but he has also walked 63 batters.  If the Indians go without someone already on the roster to replace Salazar in the starting rotation, it will be either 31-year old righty Josh Tomlin or 25-year old righty Cody Anderson.  Tomlin was recently yanked from the starting rotation for pitching home run derby!  He has pitched in 26 games (25 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 11-8 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He has given up 167 hits (an amazingly awful 35 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 109 batters in his first 148 1/3 innings pitched so far this year.  Tomlin has a hard time denting a couch with his fastball and pitching know how will only get you so far!  Anderson has been a huge disappointment this year for the Indians.  He has pitched in 15 games (8 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 6.71 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has given up 75 hits (12 homers) and 12 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his 53 2/3 innings for the Tribe so far this year.  If I were making this decision, I would give Anderson another shot before I put Tomlin back in the rotation.

Michael Brantley will have season ending surgery on Monday for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 13 August 2016 at 9:36 pm

29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Brantley will undergo season ending shoulder surgery this Monday.  Brantley played in 11 games for the Cleveland Indians this year and he was 9 for 39 (.231 avg, .561 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He 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 have played well this year without Brantley, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t miss him.  Hopefully the surgery and the rest he will get this winter will have him ready to rock for the Indians next spring!

The Cleveland Indians place Danny Salazar on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 1:57 am

The Cleveland Indians have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.  Salazar has pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 11-4 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He has given up 96 hits and 51 walks while whiffing 133 batters in his first 117 1/3 innings for the Tribe so far this year.  Since July 1st, Salazar has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in which he is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Either 25-year old righty Mike Clevinger or 25-year old righty Cody Anderson will get the first shot to replace Salazar in the starting rotation.  Clevinger pitched in 4 games (3 starts) earlier this year for the Tribe in his first taste of the show and he was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He has given up 17 hits (3 homers), 9 walks and 14 whiffs in his first 16 1/3 innings with the Indians.  But, he has also pitched in 17 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 11-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  So maybe he would be better this time around for the Indians.  Anderson has pitched in 12 games (8 starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 7.13 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  He has given up 70 hits (12 homers) and 9 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 48 innings this year.  The Indians hope that Salazar will only have to miss two or three weeks.

UPDATE:  (8/4/2016) – The Cleveland Indians have called up Mike Clevinger to start against the Twins today and they have sent Cody Anderson back to AAA.

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