When a front office plans the entire offseason around purging money from the offensive side of the lineup because the team’s starting rotation is so dominant, the last thing needed is to lose one of those dynamic starting pitchers.
Two starts into his season, the Indians lost Mike Clevinger to an upper back strain. With injuries to top backup arms in the minors, the Tribe had little recourse but to call upon Jefry Rodriguez, who has only been needed for a pair of spot starts because of so many off days early in the 2019 schedule.
Now, the team is scrambling after ace Corey Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of the right ulna in his forearm after being struck by a 102 MPH line drive in Miami off of the bat of Brian Anderson on Wednesday night.
Luplow rejoins the Indians after a little over two weeks back on the farm. He was off to a slow start for the Indians, hitting just .200 in his seven games for Cleveland with three singles, two walks, and eight strikeouts in 17 total plate appearances.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday that Triple-A outfielder Cameron Maybin was traded to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.
Few teams in recorded Major League history have had such a run of bad luck with the injury bug to open the season as the Yankees have to start the 2019 campaign. Expected to be one of the lead contenders for the American League East this season, the club has instead run out a team on the field far more resembling the lineup that should be suiting up at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Cleveland infield and bench continued its shuffle on Tuesday afternoon, as the Indians announced that the contract of veteran utility man Mike Freeman had been purchased from Triple-A Columbus. Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Freeman on the 25-man roster.
It marked the second infield-focused move by the Indians in as many days. On Monday prior to the start of the club’s series against the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day injured list and formally designated utility man Brad Miller for assignment in a move that opened up a 40-man spot for Freeman’s arrival.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Sunday morning that the contract of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been purchased from Triple-A Columbus.
In corresponding moves to get Gonzalez on the 25- and 40-man rosters, Saturday’s starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A, while injured starter Mike Clevinger was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Saturday afternoon that pitchers Jefry Rodriguez and Cody Anderson have been recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Rodriguez is scheduled to make the start for the Indians on Saturday evening against Homer Bailey and the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium.
Suddenly, a strength of the Cleveland Indians’ roster has been exposed as the team announced on Monday that starting pitcher Mike Clevinger has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a “right upper back/Teres major muscle strain” suffered during the fifth inning of his start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the meantime, the club has recalled reliever Nick Wittgren from Triple-A Columbus to fill the open spot on the 25-man roster.
The Cleveland Indians have a decision to make later this month on Carlos Gonzalez, who has an April 20 opt-out date in the minor league contract that he signed in March. The 33-year-old right fielder is making it an easy one for the Indians front office.
Gonzalez, an eleven-year Major League veteran with his best seasons in the rearview, did not sign with the Indians until March 19, when he agreed to a minor league deal that could pay him $2 million if in the Majors with another $1 million available in incentives, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Columbus may open the International League schedule on Thursday night, but even more eyes will be on the club on Friday, when the Clippers will become Los Veleros de Columbus for the first of 397 Copa de la Diversión games scattered across the minor league landscape on the 2019 schedule.
In addition to the new nickname and colorful new jerseys and logos coinciding with their participation in the “Fun Cup” this season, the Clippers will also begin life anew with a new skipper at the helm, Tony Mansolino, who takes over for long-time Columbus captain Chris Tremie.
After showing some good flashes in Goodyear but being informed that he would not make the Opening Day roster, Ryan Flaherty opted out of his minor league pact with the Cleveland Indians on March 20 to see what options were out there.
On Sunday, the 32-year-old utility man returned to the Tribe, agreeing to a minor league deal. He is expected to report to Triple-A Columbus in advance of the Clippers season opening series with the Indianapolis Indians beginning from Huntington Park on Thursday, April 4.
The Indians have added another prospective outfielder to their mix of internal candidates, as the club announced on Friday that free agent Cameron Maybin has signed on with Cleveland on a minor league deal.
The terms of the contract were not announced at the time of the signing. The soon-to-be 32-year-old Maybin is expected to report to Triple-A Columbus for the start of International League play next week.
Last year, Minor League Baseball implemented a season-long plan to help embrace and honor the Hispanic and Latinx players, fans, and culture which have helped grow the game of baseball at the professional level. A total of 33 teams participated in special games throughout the year, known as the “Copa de la Diversión”, wearing new and creative jerseys while taking on whole new monikers.
Proving once again that “MiLB is fun”, the initiative will return for the 2019 season, with the list of participating clubs expanding to 72 across the top five minor league levels. Minor League Baseball announced on Monday a schedule of 397 games over the course of the year, building on the success of themed efforts over the last two seasons. After four teams embraced the Hispanic fan bases of their areas in 2017 while enjoying great success in terms of fan attendance and fanfare, a 160-game schedule of special games was blended across the season’s slate for 2018. In addition to new team nicknames and jerseys (some inspired by their current names and colors, while others were entirely new looks altogether), games were also highlighted by an emphasis on new and different food selections and music options at the ball park and the presence of bilingual gameday staff.