Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Indians.2638182123.30
AL Central1st1st1st1st
American League 2nd3rd8th1st

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Minnesota0-00-0
Kansas City0-00-0
Cleveland0-00-0
Chicago0-00-0
Detroit0-00-0
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Indians' Jason Kipnis: Dealing with sore back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kipnis is dealing with soreness in his lower back and will be held out of for the start of Cactus League play as a result, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

It's unclear how long the issue will keep Kipnis sidelined at this point, but the Indians will likely proceed cautiously with the 30-year-old seeing as he struggled with injuries throughout the 2017 campaign. If he's healthy for Opening Day, which certainly isn't a given at this point, Kipnis is expected to return to his role as the team's starting second baseman.

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Indians' Brandon Guyer: Shut down for a few days
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Guyer will be sidelined for a couple days due to inflammation in his left wrist, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

Guyer underwent an MRI on Wednesday and it will be forced to shut it down for a few days in order to give the wrist some time to heal. Additionally, Guyer is coming off a procedure on his wrist in October after injuring it in mid-September. At this point his status for Opening Day is uncertain, though there should be another update in the coming days once he's able to resume his workouts.

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Indians' Andrew Miller: Back on mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Miller was able to return to the mound Thursday after missing the past couple days due to the flu, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Miller seems to be back to full health after stepping away from the team earlier this week in order to prevent the illness from spreading. The left-hander is coming off another excellent campaign, posting a 1.44 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 62.2 innings last season.

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Indians' Roberto Perez: Expected to split time again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez is competing with Yan Gomes for the Indians' starting catching job, though manager Terry Francona noted both backstops are expected to play in 2018, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. "(It's like) when we play Kansas City, (Salvador Perez) catches a lot, and then you see (Drew) Butera catch the odd game here or there," the manager said. "We're never going to be like that. Our guys are too close together where we need them to play more than that, so they will."

Francona noted that even though both catchers will see their fair share of playing time, the shakeout won't necessarily be an even split. That said, playing time could prove similar to last year, when the starter appeared in around 100 games while the backup saw action in around 70. Perez, who opened the 2017 season as the Indians' backup, hit .207/.291/.373 with eight homers in 248 plate appearances, while Gomes posted a .232/.309/.399 line with 14 homers in 383 plate appearances. Both graded out similarly on the defensive end, so whoever performs better throughout spring will likely enter the season as the team's starter. Even in a slightly larger role, however, Perez wouldn't be more than a second catcher in deeper or AL-only formats given he's a career .216/.309/.362 hitter.

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Indians' Francisco Mejia: Ticketed for Triple-A to open year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mejia is expected to open the 2018 season with Triple-A Columbus, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. ""He's a really well thought of young catcher," manager Terry Francona said of Mejia. "I don't think he's even been to Triple-A, so there's nothing wrong with him getting some seasoning there."

With Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes expected to split catching duties again for the Indians this season, Mejia will open the year as the starter for Triple-A Columbus. Francona didn't rule out a possible promotion for Mejia if either Gomes or Perez were to go down with an injury, but at this point it sounds like the highly-touted 22-year-old will spend most of the 2018 campaign continuing his development in the minors.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJose Ramirez , 3B.318
HREdwin Encarnacion , DH38
RBIEdwin Encarnacion , DH107
OBPEdwin Encarnacion , DH.377
SLGJose Ramirez , 3B.583
RJose Ramirez , 3B107
SBBradley Zimmer , CF18
WCorey Kluber , SP18
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.25
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP0.87
KCorey Kluber , SP265
SVCody Allen , RP30

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