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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 6, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

The number 51 has rarely been a sign of longevity for careers in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Just seven times since the number hit the field in 1929 has it been worn by the same player across multiple seasons on the shores of Lake Erie.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was the most recent to do so, but his stay in the number and in the Cleveland bullpen lasted parts of just three years. He was dealt by the Tribe this offseason to Seattle, with the team looking to create spots on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Read More

Tribe Sends Armstrong to Seattle for International Bonus Pool Cash

December 13, 2017 |

The Indians are not going to come home from the Winter Meetings empty handed, as they will return to Cleveland with a little extra spending money and one fewer reliever on the roster.

On Wednesday, the club dealt right-hander Shawn Armstrong to the Seattle Mariners for $500,000 in international bonus pool money. Read More

Indians and Yankees Postponed, Will Play Two Wednesday

August 29, 2017 |

Rains in New York on Tuesday forced the cancellation of the 7:05 PM ET game between the Yankees and the visiting Cleveland Indians.

The middle game of the three-game set between two of the top teams in the American League will be rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon as part of a traditional twin bill from Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday’s originally scheduled probables, right-hander Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) and left-hander Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52), will get the call in the first game of Wednesday’s double dip at 1:05 PM ET. Read More

Indians’ Injuries Mounting as Miller and Salazar Return to Disabled List

August 22, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians’ pitching staff was dealt a big blow on Tuesday afternoon when the club placed reliever Andrew Miller and starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list.

In corresponding roster moves, the Indians recalled reliever Shawn Armstrong and utility man Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus to fill the vacancies on the roster. Read More

Salazar Shelled By Four Homers in Tribe Loss; Rays 6, Indians 4

May 16, 2017 |

The Tampa Bay Rays won their Home Run Derby competition with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night with a 6-4 victory to even the series at one game apiece.

While the 2019 All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby may still be several years away, Danny Salazar looked the part of the fan-driven exhibition’s pitcher in a strange outing for the Indians right-hander. He gave Cleveland five-plus innings of work on the mound, but four homers offset a nine-strikeout performance and proved to be too much to overcome, despite the Indians dealing Rays starter Jake Odorizzi his worst start since his first outing of the season. Read More

Almonte Hits DL, Diaz Optioned, and Armstrong and Zimmer Get the Call

May 16, 2017 |

A busy week of roster transactions continued on Tuesday as the Cleveland Indians made five roster moves prior to their game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The biggest of the moves is the promotion of top prospect Bradley Zimmer to the big league club. The addition of the fourth-year pro, who can play both center and right field, became a necessity when Abraham Almonte was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right biceps strain. Read More

Indians Place Jackson on Disabled List, Recall Armstrong from Columbus

May 2, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday afternoon that outfielder Austin Jackson had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left great toe hyperextension. Reliever Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to fill his spot on the 25-man roster.

Jackson was hurt in Monday night’s 7-1 loss in Detroit in the ninth inning. On a slow roller in the infield, Jackson hustled down the line and landed awkwardly on first base and was removed from the game for pinch-runner Abraham Almonte. Read More

Goody Recalled as Armstrong Optioned After Heavy Workload Thursday

April 14, 2017 |

After needing five pitchers (including utility man Michael Martinez) to finish the final seven and one-third innings of Thursday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox, the depleted Cleveland Indians bullpen will get a reinforcement in time for the weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. Reliever Nick Goody was recalled by the club on Friday from Triple-A Columbus and right-hander Shawn Armstrong was sent down to the Clippers after working a career-high two and one-third innings in the defeat. Read More

Indians Finding Good Options, Tough Decisions For Lone Open Bullpen Spot

March 26, 2017 |

A lot of years it seems as though the Cleveland Indians go into spring training with countless veteran and minor league pitchers looking to fill the void of several open bullpen spots.

This 2017 spring camp is not exactly like a lot of years.

As in past offseasons, the Tribe did invite a good number of veterans looking for work, as well as young hurlers, to Goodyear, Arizona, for spring training. Part of the infusion of a large number of arms was due to the recently ended World Baseball Classic and the need to fill the void left behind by players going off to represent their countries in the event that goes on every four years.

Unlike past Februaries and Marches in the Arizona sun, there is not much of a void for the Indians to fill in a loaded bullpen that rates among the best in the game. There are a lot pitchers in camp looking for a job, but that opportunity is very elusive. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 11, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 51

The number 51 has rarely been a sign of longevity for careers in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Just seven times since the number hit the field in 1929 has it been worn by the same player across multiple seasons on the shores of Lake Erie.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong is the current 51 on the Indians roster, but his spot with the club for the coming 2017 season is hardly guaranteed. He spent the last two seasons shuttling back and forth between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus oftentimes in the final spot on the 25-man roster.

The 26-year-old will look to do his best to make an impact later this month as players report to Goodyear, Arizona. Manager Terry Francona’s bullpen is far from settled, but with the offseason acquisition of left-hander Boone Logan occupying one spot, there may only be a spot or two up for grabs for the remaining options coming to camp. Read More

Will Armstrong’s Quick Cups of Coffee in Cleveland Give Him a Chance in 2017?

November 29, 2016 |

With overall positive marks on his stat sheet in his debut season in 2015, right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong looked to be a potential option for the Indians bullpen for the next season. But while the Cleveland bullpen appeared at times to use a revolving door while players shuttled back and forth between Triple-A Columbus and the parent Indians roster, Armstrong did not get his first consistent taste of the Bigs again until the season’s final month.

In his fifth season in the Cleveland organization in 2015, Armstrong went 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while working as a late inning option for the Clippers. He made a pair of appearances for the Indians in the first half of August that season and got a call-up for the final month when rosters expanded, finishing the season with eight games worked while failing to notch a decision for Cleveland. Read More Names Indians’ Organizational All-Star Team

October 22, 2016 |

While the focus right now may be on the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster, things are going well throughout the Tribe’s farm system as well.

The importance on drafting strong and developing stronger is no more apparent than at the Major League level for the Indians. The current playoff roster is well-balanced between guys drafted/signed internationally and developed solely by the club (Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Cody Allen to name a few), others acquired via trades and developed on the farm (Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana, and other absentee names like Carlos Carrasco, Michael Brantley, and Yan Gomes), and other veterans still who were added via big trades or free agent moves (Andrew Miller, Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, and Coco Crisp).

The names that compose the roster now all worked their way up through the minor league system, whether in the Indians organization or elsewhere. The names of the future are doing the same and some standout performers were recognized this week when announced its picks for Cleveland’s organizational All-Stars. Read More