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Indians' Francisco Lindor: Status still uncertain
Lindor (calf) met with the Indians' medical staff on Thursday, but his status for Opening Day remains uncertain Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Manager Terry Francona chimed in about Lindor's health, saying, "We are not going to slow him down on purpose, but we do want him to be able to play the season without dragging a leg around." Lindor recently ran at full speed and has also participated in minor-league games. With Opening Day a week away, he'll have to be cleared by the team quickly to avoid any missed action.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Eric Stamets: Could return over weekend
Stamets (hip) could return Saturday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Stamets was removed from Wednesday's game due to left hip tightness, but the issue doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. According to Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal, manager Terry Francona said Stamets could play Thursday if needed, but added that there's no reason to push the infielder.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Scheduled for MRI
Kipnis (calf) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Kipnis was removed from Wednesday's spring game due to right calf tightness. While the Indians downplayed the severity of the issue, noting his removal was simply precautionary, the team wants to send him for some further tests to be sure Kipnis isn't dealing with anything potentially more troublesome.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Adam Plutko: Sent to minors
Plutko was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Plutko stumbled to a 9.45 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 13.1 innings this spring, prompting the Indians to send him to the minors to open the season. The right-hander compiled a 5.28 ERA across 76.2 innings with Cleveland last season and doesn't' figure to make much of an impact at the big-league level in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Calf issue flares up
Kipnis was removed from Wednesday's Cactus League game with right calf tightness, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kipnis exited the game after grounding out to first base in his only at-bat. The Indians are calling his removal precautionary, though it's certainly a situation to monitor with Opening Day a little more than a week away. It's worth noting that Kipnis dealt with the same issue earlier in the month, missing four games as a result.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Eric Stamets: Removed with hip injury
Stamets was removed from Wednesday's spring game after experiencing left hip tightness, Mandy Bell of MLB.com. reports.
The Indians are labeling his removal as precautionary. Stamets, who represents an insurance option at shortstop if Francisco Lindor (calf) is forced to open the season on the shelf, was 0-for-1 prior to exiting. He should be considered day-to-day.... See More ... See Less
Indians' A.J. Cole: Beginning season in minors
Cole was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Cole was designated for assignment in February but still stuck around major-league camp until this point as a non-roster invitee. The 27-year-old allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits through eight innings this spring. He will rejoin Triple-A Columbus to begin the season.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Justin Grimm: Won't make roster
Grimm was informed Wednesday that he will not be on Cleveland's Opening Day roster, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Grimm made it a difficult decision for the Indians, posting a 1.04 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB through 8.2 innings this spring. While Cleveland would prefer the right-hander to remain with the team on a minor-league deal, Grimm may want to exercise his opt-out in order to pursue other potential big-league opportunities.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Alex Wilson: Won't make Opening Day roster
Wilson was informed Wednesday that he won't be on the Indians' Opening Day roster, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Wilson has posted a solid 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB through 8.1 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough for the non-roster invitee to secure a spot in Cleveland's bullpen to open the year. While the Indians are hoping Wilson will stick around on a minor-league deal, the veteran right-hander may want to opt out of his contract and search for major-league opportunities elsewhere.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Returns to Triple-A
Mercado was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Mercado showcased himself fantastically in spring training as he slashed .400/.415/.750 with three home runs in 40 at-bats. The 24-year-old was unable to crack the Opening Day roster, but has put himself in a prime position to make his MLB debut in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Francisco Lindor: Ramping up running program
Manager Terry Francona said Lindor (calf) ran at "almost, pretty much" full speed during a minor-league game Tuesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Lindor could be cleared to run the bases "full out" this weekend, which would be a significant step with Opening Day right around the corner. The 25-year-old has seen plenty of at-bats in minor-league games over the past week, but his running and defensive work have remained limited. The Indians have yet to rule out Lindor for Opening Day, but time is running out for him to gain full clearance.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Corey Kluber: Rocked in second spring start
Kluber surrendered five runs on six hits and two walks and struck out three over 3.2 innings in Sunday's 9-9 tie with the Reds.
Kluber was making only his second start of the spring after the Indians eased him into the Cactus League pitching schedule with simulated games beforehand. The right-hander faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases to begin the frame before serving up a grand slam to Yasiel Puig. The 32-year-old started to show some cracks late in 2018 when he noticed a stark downturn in velocity, but he still turned in another banner year. He should make for a comfortable early-round investment in drafts even if he arguably no longer belongs in the elite tier of pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Greg Allen: Excelling in spring
Allen has gone 13-for-31 at the dish (.419 average) during Cactus League play, collecting five extra-base hits to go along with two steals.
Most of Allen's 2018 fantasy value came in the form of his 21-for-25 mark on stolen-base attempts, but the 26-year-old showcased some growth as a hitter down the stretch, too. He slashed .310/.379/.405 in the second half, with an eight-point drop in his strikeout rate from the first half aiding his improvement. Allen shouldn't be counted on to provide much power this season, but his steal production coupled with what should be a palatable batting average makes him a decent late-round flier in mixed leagues. His ability to capably defend all three outfield spots should also help his case for sticking in the lineup on a full-time basis.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Yu Chang: Playing in minors game
Chang (finger) is scheduled to play in a minor-league game Tuesday against the Reds.
Prior to getting demoted from big-league camp last week, Chang had been nursing a minor finger injury. His return to action in a minor-league game suggests he'll enter the Triple-A Columbus season at full strength.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Danny Salazar: Increasing throwing distance
Salazar (shoulder) is now throwing from 180 feet, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Manager Terry Francona spoke about Salazar's progress Monday, stating, "In his last 10 days, two weeks, his progress has almost skyrocketed." The next step in Salazar's return will be to throw off the mound. While he is almost certainly destined for the injured list to begin the season, Salazar could be utilized out of the bullpen when he is ready to return after missing the entirety of the 2018 season.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Back in lineup
Kipnis (calf) will start at second base and bat second Monday in the Indians' Cactus League game against the Padres.
Kipnis' inclusion in the lineup merely confirms what manager Terry Francona said would be the case a day earlier. The 31-year-old had been sidelined since Thursday with a tight right calf, but the injury was never viewed as anything significant. Kipnis will be ready to handle a full-time role once Opening Day arrives.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Returning to action Monday
Manager Terry Francona said Kipnis (calf) will be in Monday's lineup against the Padres, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Kipnis has been held out of action since Thursday due to right calf tightness but will make his return Monday. The 31-year-old's status for Opening Day should not be impacted, assuming he plays as scheduled and avoids any setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Sitting out Sunday
Kipnis (calf) is not in the lineup for Sunday's spring game against the Reds, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to right calf tightness, and he is apparently not yet past the issue. The 31-year-old has indicated he's not worried about his status for Opening Day, as Max Moroff grabs the start at second base Sunday for the Indians.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Carlos Gonzalez: Signs minors deal with Cleveland
Gonzalez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Indians on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The deal includes an invitation to big-league camp and will pay Gonzalez a base of $2 million if he makes the team, plus a further $1 million in incentives. The veteran waited until late in camp to find the right deal, but if he were looking for a contender where he'd have the chance to play frequently, he likely couldn't have found a better option. Gonzalez's .276/.329/.467 line for the Rockies last season translates to a mediocre 96 wRC+ once Coors Field is factored in, but it's not as if Tyler Naquin or Greg Allen will be particularly hard to displace from an outfield corner. It remains to be seen whether Gonzalez will be ready to go from the start of the season with Opening Day just 12 days away.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Carlos Carrasco: Shaky in spring outing
Carrasco covered 4.2 innings Friday in the Indians' 5-2 exhibition loss to the Rangers, surrendering three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six.
Making his second start of the spring, Carrasco breezed through three scoreless innings before meeting some resistance in the fourth. Carrasco allowed four hits in a five-batter stretch during that inning, but was at least able to regroup and retire the final three hitters he faced on the day. He'll make one or two more starts this spring before likely slotting in as the Tribe's No. 3 starter when the regular season arrives.... See More ... See Less