With a wacky winter well underway and a wildly underwhelming offseason dragging on, our countdown to Opening Day reaches 50 days with teams reporting to Spring Training in less than one week. Follow along as we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our march to the start of the 2019 season! – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days
Like many of the numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization. Last season was no different as reliever Evan Marshall filled that role, jumping into the Indians bullpen when the team needed a big boost after the corps of arms present failed to get the job done on a nightly basis.
Another day, another new face in the Cleveland Indians bullpen.
On Tuesday, the Tribe placed right-handed reliever Evan Marshall on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Replacing him on the 25-man roster will be right-hander George Kontos, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus.
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.
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 Indians rallied back in a wild five-run fifth inning and never looked back on Monday afternoon as Cleveland held off the Chicago White Sox, 9-6, in a special Memorial Day afternoon start.
Adam Plutko returned to the mound for his third start of the month and his second since stifling the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, when he did not give up a hit until the seventh inning. In his second battle of the year with a team from Chicago, the effort would be extremely different than his six-plus innings of shutout baseball last week, but the end result would be the same for him and the Tribe.
The cat was out of the bag on Sunday, when Melky Cabrera’s name showed up prior to the Cleveland Indians’ matchup with the Houston Astros in the sixth spot on the lineup card, playing right field.
The Indians formally announced prior to their game Sunday night that the 33-year-old veteran outfielder was purchased from Triple-A Columbus. Right-handed reliever Evan Marshall was optioned to Columbus, while fellow right-hander Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment at Triple-A to make room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Cabrera.
The Cleveland Indians wrapped up a long day at Progressive Field on Thursday with an easy 13-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to split the day’s doubleheader.
Just like the first game of the day, there was some back and forth in the early innings once again as the Indians (17-14) looked to avoid a home series sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays. After dropping game one of the doubleheader, the Indians were guaranteed a losing record on their eleven-game homestand, but they salvaged the day by breaking their own season-best effort set just a few hours earlier with a gigantic nine-run fifth.
A pair of minor leaguers got the call for the nightcap of the double dip as right-handers Adam Plutko and Joe Biagini were recalled from their Triple-A clubs to make spot starts. Plutko, making his third big league appearance and first MLB start, would get the better of the third-year man Biagini.
The Cleveland Indians were dealt a worst case scenario in game one of their doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, as not only did they have to go to the bullpen for five and two-thirds innings of relief in an extra inning contest, they lost one of those arms to injury.
In between game one and game two of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Indians placed right-handed reliever Nick Goody on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. In a flurry of roster moves, Cleveland purchased the contract of right-hander Evan Marshall from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. To create space on the 40-man roster for Marshall, the Indians transferred righty Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day list.
The Cleveland Indians continued adding low-risk depth to its spring training roster on Thursday as the team announced that free agent relievers Evan Marshall and Neil Ramirez had been signed to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to spring training.
The Indians also formally announced the signing of outfielder Brandon Barnes. The 31-year-old veteran of five Major League seasons spent all of the 2017 season with the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A New Orleans affiliate.
Marshall, 27, is a right-hander who has worked exclusively in relief during his Major League career. He debuted in 2014, just a few years after the Arizona Diamondbacks made him a fourth round selection in the 2011 draft out of Kansas State University.