The Cleveland Indians bullpen depth took a hit on Saturday as minor league right-hander Joe Colon was suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program.
Colon tested positive for the banned selective Androgen receptor modulator LDG-4022. It marks the second consecutive season that Colon’s work will be limited due to a failed drug test. He missed the first 50 games of the 2016 season after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Concerns about Corey Kluber‘s three-inning effort on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers were confirmed on Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians announced that the right-handed pitcher had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Joseph Colon has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
The Columbus Clippers have now lost five straight series, dating back to their three-game sweep of Indianapolis from April 10-12, and have fallen to 9-14 on the 2017 season.
Despite the rough opening month of the season, the Clippers are just three and a half games behind the Toledo Mud Hens in the International League West Division. The division has struggled as a whole, as only the Mud Hens are above the .500 mark to start the season. The Clippers are tied with the Louisville Bats and are a game and a half in front of the last place Indians, who are 7-15 to start the season.
As spring training wrapped up its final weekend in Arizona and Florida, the Cleveland Indians were busy working to finalize their 25-man roster to open the season. One big decision was made by the club on Sunday, as outfielder Austin Jackson has won an opportunity to start the season with the Indians.
The Indians announced several other moves in a press release early Sunday afternoon when several players were optioned or reassigned to minor league camp while four more non-roster invitees found out that they would not be on the roster to start Opening Day.
After nine innings of scoreless baseball, Minnesota’s Joe Mauer delivered a two-out walk-off single off of Joe Colon in the bottom of the 12th to give the Twins a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
In what turned out to be a well-pitched performance on both sides, early single runs from each club provided all of the scoring until the third inning of bonus baseball, when the Twins evened up the season series with the Indians at nine wins apiece.
Colon became the tenth Indians pitcher of the night in a bullpen game for Cleveland and retired James Beresford and Byron Buxton on just four pitches before the dangerous Brian Dozier stepped into the box and singled to center. Colon balked Dozier to second after a 1-2 pitch that Mauer fouled off and the lapse proved fatal for the Tribe as Mauer would work the count full before dropping a single into right to score Dozier from second with the winning run.
Mike Napoli’s solo blast to the third deck in left to lead off the fifth inning powered the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, on Friday night.
Napoli’s third homer in five games gave the Indians the lift that they needed after Danny Salazar could not maintain a lead after the Indians jumped on top after an early hole.
Minnesota got out in front in the first with two down. Joe Mauer drove a 1-2 pitch to left for his eleventh homer of the year to give the Twins an early lead. In the second, they tacked on another after a two-out error at second by Jason Kipnis. Brian Dozier continued his torrid second half with a double to left that scored speedster Byron Buxton all the way from first to make it 2-0.
The Cleveland Indians announced a handful of transactions on Thursday afternoon as the club took advantage of the September roster expansions.
The easy and expected moves were the activation of starting pitcher Danny Salazar from the paternity list and the formal addition of outfielder Coco Crisp after his acquisition from the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The Indians added additional depth at the catching position with Yan Gomes on the 60-day disabled list by purchasing the contract of backstop Adam Moore from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 40-man roster for the seven-year MLB veteran, the Indians designated outfielder Collin Cowgill for assignment.
Three runs on a pair of home runs in the sixth inning spoiled an otherwise strong start from Indians starter Josh Tomlin as the Boston Red Sox defeated Cleveland 3-2 on Monday afternoon.
The two clubs squeezed the matinee into their schedules to make up for a postponed game from the first week of the season, giving David Ortiz one more taste of Cleveland. His farewell to the city at the plate was less than gracious.
Cleveland jumped out to a lead in the fourth against their former first round draft pick Drew Pomeranz. After the left-hander retired nine straight to start the ball game, Rajai Davis got the Indians on the board with a 3-2 homer to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
To paraphrase Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio broadcaster Matt Underwood, we waited two hours for that?
After a rain delay struck for more than two hours in the top of the eleventh inning, Minnesota loaded the bases in the bottom half and scored a walk-off victory on an error at home plate by Yan Gomes as the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians in extras, 5-4.
The wait was hardly worth it for the Indians, who had their inning paused with two outs in the top of the eleventh by the expected thunderstorms that hit the Minneapolis region. Minnesota reliever Trevor May made easy work of Gomes after the delay with a one-pitch fly out to right before the Twins attacked rookie right-hander Joe Colon in the bottom half.
A sellout crowd at Progressive Field to support the first place Cleveland Indians while taking in beautiful weather, dollar dogs, and a postgame pyrotechnics display was treated to frequent fireworks throughout the night as the Tribe used five home runs and a stellar start from Corey Kluber to blow out the Bronx Bombers, 10-2, on Friday night.
After Kluber got a double play ball to get out of the first, the Indians bats went to work against New York’s rookie righty Chad Green. Carlos Santana left the yard with a shot to right and Jason Kipnis followed with a shot of his own to give the Indians a two-run lead two batters into the game. Francisco Lindor walked before Green got a pair of outs, but Lonnie Chisenhall gave Cleveland their third three-homer inning of the season with a clout to right to score a pair and give Kluber a 4-0 lead to work with.
It has not been a good week in Columbus for the Clippers, who added several more losses to their season record. After taking the series from the Chiefs in Syracuse with wins in the first two games, the Clippers dropped the finale in a 2-1 loss. They returned home to Columbus on Monday to start a seven-game homestand, but lost their series with Rochester by dropping three of the first four games from Huntington Park. They hosted Norfolk on Friday night, winning 10-7 in a slugfest from Columbus.
The tough week for the Clippers (39-36) has left the club stranded in second place in the International League West Division, trailing the rival Indianapolis Indians.
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Last season, we saw a lot of changes come to Canal Park. A rebranding of the team name, renovations throughout the park, and haul of new prospects ready to give their all in effort to someday make their way to The Show. After a hot start to the season, the RubberDucks hit some bumps along the way due to injuries to key players, player promotions, and some end of the season fatigue. They still worked their way into the Eastern League playoffs, but were eventually eliminated in the first round, despite their best efforts. Now in their second season as the RubberDucks, returning manager David Wallace looks to continue to compete with a lineup that seems just as deep as it has been in years past.
To start off the season in 2014, there were plenty of household named prospects like Francisco Lindor, Giovanny Urshela, Joey Wendle, and Tyler Naquin. While Naquin is returning this year, starting on the disabled list, the rest of the players listed have either been promoted, or traded to another team. The squad coming into this season is full of guys that many casual baseball fans may not have ever heard of before. Players like Todd Hankins, Bryson Myles, Erik Gonzalez, or Anthony Gallas.
“They might not be as well known outside the organization, but to us they’re right up there…When I’m making out the lineup, and it’s laughable who I’m putting down in the 7-8-9 hole. We’ve got [Tony] Wolters, Myles and [Alex] Lavisky tonight who could be middle of the order guys. It’s a real balanced lineup, but we feel like we could be a threat to score in any inning, with any outs.” Wallace said following Thursday night’s victory against the Binghamton Mets.