2018: Still Rallying Together
One day after taking a line drive off of his right elbow, the Cleveland Indians formally placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday morning. It would not be the only roster move of the day for the Tribe, as the club also placed reliever Tyler Olson on the disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.
When a pitcher shares a rotation with a two-time Cy Young winner, another Cy Young candidate, and an All-Star candidate who draws vast media attention for his tweets and sometimes atypical opinions, it can be very easy to get lost in the shuffle. Such is life for Mike Clevinger, who has steadily, yet quietly, carved out a long-term place for himself in a loaded and talented Cleveland starting five.
Ace Corey Kluber gets a lot of the well-deserved attention among his rotation mates, being the multiple-time Cy winner that he is. Carlos Carrasco finished fourth in the voting last season for the American League’s top pitching award. He is widely viewed as a would-be No. 1 pitcher on many other teams in Major League Baseball. Trevor Bauer is a dark-horse A.L. All-Star candidate, as he is sixth in the league with a 2.69 ERA and third with 121 strike outs. He gets more attention for his sometimes controversial tweets and opinions on topics regarding the sport and the world outside of it.
With all that attention and coverage being paid to the rest of the rotation, it is hard for the No. 4 guy to get a lot of notice. While he may fly under the radar a bit with the fans and media, Clevinger has certainly made the Indians management team take note of a pitcher who is every bit as good as his higher-profile teammates.
The heavily damaged outfield of the Indians has finally returned to full health, as Cleveland activated Tyler Naquin from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Indians placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the Family Medical Emergency list.
The original plan for the Indians was to option outfielder Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus, but his stay in Cleveland has been extended a few more days while the club waits for Alonso to rejoin the team.
The Cleveland Indians will welcome the Minnesota Twins to town for the first time this season as the two teams play three games this weekend from Progressive Field.
The Indians (36-31) will finally get an extended homestand after spending much of the last two weeks playing on the road (minus a silly two-game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the month). The Tribe is coming off of a 4-3 roadtrip through Detroit and Chicago, winning their series with the Tigers before splitting with the White Sox. After a record-setting May offensively, the bats have cooled down quite a bit in June, as the team has scored the fourth-fewest runs in the American League (43) in their 12 games this month.
Guyer had been on the disabled list since May 23 (retroactive to May 20) while dealing with a left cervical strain suffered on May 19 in Houston when he was elbowed by a fan while pursuing a foul ball into the stands. His progress through a rehab assignment was slowed when he was hit by a pitch on the hand on Sunday while playing with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
Set to kick off a four-game series in Chicago with the White Sox on Monday night, the Cleveland Indians have added their top prospect to the club to provide, for the time being at least, a little extra protection to the roster.
In the wake of a painful hit-by-pitch suffered by backup catcher Roberto Perez in Sunday’s 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Indians have recalled catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 25-man roster for the backstop, the Indians optioned reliever Evan Marshall to their top farm affiliate.
In an unrelated move, the Indians also announced via a press release that the organization has released veteran reliever Matt Belisle from his minor league contract so that he could pursue other professional opportunities.
The Cleveland Indians make their second trip to Chicago this season, but just their first to the south side of town as they face the host White Sox.
The Indians (34-29) took two of three in their series over the weekend with the Detroit Tigers, with the first two games decided on late inning home runs before the Tribe bats came alive big in support of Corey Kluber to take the rubber match. The Indians and White Sox met for the first time at the end of May and Cleveland took all three home contests, outscoring the visiting club, 25-10. The Tribe has won two of its last three series in June, but are just 4-4 for the month so far.
The last time the Cleveland Indians showed up in Detroit, things did not go so well against the Tigers. This time, they will hope to ride a wave of better play during the week as they kick off a three-game series from Comerica Park on Friday night.
The Indians (32-28) made up for a rough prior weekend against the Minnesota Twins with a pair of wins over the National League’s best, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a short homestand during the week sandwiched between off days on Monday and Thursday. The Indians had gotten June off to a bad start, losing the final three games of their series on the road with the Twins, but found a way to make six total runs stand up against the Brewers in a pair of well-pitched games from the Tribe pitching staff as a whole. Cleveland is 5-2 on the year against the Tigers, but just 1-2 in Detroit after a tough 6-3 loss and six answered runs in the middle game of a three-gamer during the mid-May set.
After nearly two months on the shelf, the Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall had been activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Chisenhall’s return had been expected, as he had worked his way back through his rehab assignment with stops at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. The corresponding transaction to create room on the roster for the outfielder was much more surprising, as the Indians optioned center fielder Bradley Zimmer to Columbus.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ first trip to Cleveland since August of 2015 will be over before the team even has a chance to settle in. The National League Central-leading Brewers will tango with the Tribe in a quick two-game set from Progressive Field, beginning on Tuesday night and wrapping up Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians (30-28) faltered during their four-game set in Minnesota, playing the Twins at Target Field for the first time this season over the weekend. After earning a 9-8 win in the series opener on Thursday night (blowing an 8-0 lead beforehand), the Tribe tripped up in three straight losses as the Twins took the series by putting up seven runs in three consecutive games and 29 in total against Cleveland. The Brewers will mark the fourth interleague series of the season for the Indians (Chicago Cubs twice, Milwaukee once); they are 4-2 on the year against the NL so far, with remaining series to play against St. Louis, Cincinnati (twice), and Pittsburgh. They have won four of their last five against Milwaukee after ending an eight-game losing streak against the Brewers that dated back to 2001.
Adam Plutko became the second Columbus Clippers hurler in as many weeks to be named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week.
Plutko made his first start back with Columbus on Saturday night after being optioned from Cleveland on May 29, not as a result of his performance for the Indians necessarily but more due to the club not needing a fifth starter until June 12. He would make sure that he stayed a visible and viable option in the Tribe’s future plans by taking a perfect game into the ninth inning in Syracuse against the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, the Chiefs, before completing the no-hitter after a one-out walk.
The Indians added some significant hardware to the mantel over the weekend with some big performances from two key parts of their lineup, despite mixed results in the win column over the last week of play.
The American League announced on Monday that designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion had been named the league’s Player of the Week for games played between May 28 and June 3.