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Top Guardians News

  • Guardians' Bo Naylor: Scratched Monday with back spasms

    Naylor has been scratched from the lineup for Monday's Cactus League game against the Padres due to back spasms, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Naylor had been slated to serve as the Guardians' designated hitter Monday but will be replaced by Dom Nunez. At this point, it's not clear whether the back issue is a day-to-day situation or potentially something more. Naylor is projected to serve as Cleveland's primary catcher in 2024.

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  • Guardians' Gabriel Arias: Batting cleanup Sunday

    Arias (wrist) will bat in the cleanup spot for Sunday's spring training game against the Mariners.

    Arias' 2023 season came to an abrupt end after he sustained a fractured right wrist in late September. He finished last season batting .210/.275/.352 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI over 345 plate appearances.

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  • Guardians' George Valera: Strains hamstring

    Valera is expected to miss a few weeks due to a strained hamstring, Mandy Bell of reports.

    The timeline suggests Valera could miss time following spring training. Valera also missed time last season due to hamstring and wrist injuries, but he played 73 games for Triple-A Columbus and slashed .211/.343/.375 over 256 at-bats with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.

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  • Guardians' Carlos Carrasco: Starting spring opener

    Carrasco (finger) will start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Reds, Nick Camino of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland reports.

    Carrasco underwent surgery to repair a fractured finger in September but is ready for game action early in spring training. The 36-year-old joined the Guardians as a non-roster invitee after he posted a 6.80 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 66:38 K:BB over 90 innings (20 starts) for the Mets last season.

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  • Guardians' Deyvison De Los Santos: Taking reps in corner outfield

    De Los Santos has been working out in both corner outfield spots this spring, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.

    A Rule 5 pick, De Los Santos has never played anywhere other than third and first base in pro ball, but the Guardians are testing out his versatility with the idea that it would make it easier to carry him on the roster. Cleveland does have clear openings both in right field and at designated hitter, but should he stick on the 26-man roster it's unlikely the 20-year-old De Los Santos will play much in the majors as he attempts to skip over the Triple-A level.

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  • Guardians' Kyle Manzardo: Could be ticketed for Triple-A

    Manzardo seems likely to begin the season with Triple-A Columbus, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.

    Josh Naylor is slated to be the Guardians' primary first baseman, but Manzardo seemingly could receive plenty of starts between designated hitter and first base. However, it would appear Cleveland is leaning toward sending the 23-year-old back to Columbus initially. Manzardo is coming off a relatively disappointing season in the minors, although he finished strongly at Columbus (.938 OPS) after arriving via trade from the Rays and carried that over into the Arizona Fall League (.905 OPS). Guardians officials have reiterated how difficult it is to hit in Cleveland in April and how that can hurt the confidence of a young hitter. Perhaps that's factoring into the front office's thinking regarding where Manzardo will begin the season.

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  • Guardians' Estevan Florial: Pushing Straw for center field job

    Florial is competing with Myles Straw this spring for the Guardians' center field job, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.

    Straw has been the club's primary center fielder since being picked up from the Astros in 2021 and still offers Gold Glove-caliber defense, but he's slashed an anemic .229/.296/.284 over the last two campaigns. Florial, who was acquired via trade from the Yankees this offseason, has just a .609 OPS in 134 plate appearances at the major-league level but collected a .944 OPS with 28 homers and 25 steals in 2023 over 101 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 26-year-old has swing-and-miss issues (29.9 percent strikeout rate at SWB) but certainly would offer more fantasy intrigue than Straw. Florial is also out of minor-league options, so he'll undoubtedly make the Opening Day roster.

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  • Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Could bat second at times

    Guardians manager Stephen Vogt has talked to Ramirez about being used at both the second and third spots in the lineup at times this season, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Ramirez has typically been the three-hole hitter for Cleveland, although he did bat second down the stretch last season. Andres Gimenez would seem to be the most likely candidate to hit second on days when Ramirez is batting third, while Josh Naylor should regularly follow Ramirez in the batting order.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Experiencing shoulder fatigue

    Karinchak is behind schedule due to right shoulder fatigue, reports.

    Karinchak came into camp with the issue and will be held out of workouts for a few days. His availability for Opening Day doesn't seem to be in jeopardy, however.

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  • Guardians' Shane Bieber: No restrictions this spring

    Bieber will have no restrictions to begin spring training, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Bieber dealt with elbow inflammation in the middle of 2023, the second time in three years he's missed a large portion of the season. He had a pedestrian 3.80 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 107:34 K:BB over 128 innings across 21 starts last year. The right-hander is still considered the Guardians' staff ace heading into 2024, so it's a good sign that he's beginning the spring healthy.

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  • Guardians' Anthony Gose: Invited to big-league camp

    Gose (elbow) was invited to major-league spring training.

    Gose will have an opportunity to show what he can do against big-league hitters to begin camp. He missed the entire 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so this will be a good test for the southpaw, who made 22 appearances for the Guardians in 2022 (4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 21.0 innings).

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Player Injury
B. Naylor C Bo Naylor C Back
L. Allen SP Logan Taylor Allen SP Shoulder
D. Espino SP Daniel Espino SP Shoulder
G. Valera CF George Valera CF Hamstring
J. Karinchak RP James Karinchak RP Shoulder

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