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Clevinger and House Recalled as Cleveland Cuts Two from Bullpen

July 4, 2016 | | 3 Comments

The bullpen door for the Cleveland Indians went from under-used to over-used in a heartbeat. Now, it has become a revolving one as on Monday afternoon, the club announced that a pair of relievers, left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and right-hander Joba Chamberlain, had been designated for assignment.

In a related move, the Indians have recalled right-handed starter Mike Clevinger and left-handed reliever T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus. Both pitchers, who have extensive starting experience in their professional careers, are expected to work out of the bullpen. Read More

Chamberlain Back in Tribe Bullpen, Anderson Optioned

June 8, 2016 |

As expected, the Cleveland Indians announced this evening that right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, the club has optioned starting pitcher Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus.

Chamberlain landed on the disabled list on May 23 (retroactive to May 22) with a left intercostal muscle strain. Monday was the first day that he was eligible to be activated, but he was delayed after the club announced that starter Danny Salazar was going to skip his scheduled start on Wednesday, moving Carlos Carrasco back to that start and forcing the team to need a spot starter for Tuesday night’s contest. Read More

Salazar’s Shoulder Issue Shuffles Indians’ Starting Rotation

June 7, 2016 |

The Indians were expected to activate reliever Joba Chamberlain on Monday, prior to the start of their series against the Seattle Mariners. As news of the move and a corresponding personnel adjustment to create space on the 25-man roster failed to come, there was some concern as to what the hold up was.

Before Monday’s game, the Indians announced that starting pitcher Danny Salazar would be moved back from his scheduled start on Wednesday while battling what was described as right shoulder fatigue after his last start. Read More

Indians Bullpen Deeper and Stronger Than it’s Been in Recent Years

May 29, 2016 |

When it comes to the Cleveland Indians, it is the team’s starting pitchers that get most of the press and publicity, and rightly so. However, through the first two months of this baseball season, the Tribe’s relief pitching has been every bit as good as the guys taking the mound at the start of each game.

Cleveland’s bullpen, the backbone of the squad only a few years ago, is getting back to shutting down the opposition late in games, as it did during the Bullpen Mafia Days of 2011-2013.

As has been the case the past few years, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw remain the stabilizing forces in the back end of the ‘pen as Cleveland’s closer and top setup man, respectively. The duo both got off to rough starts to this season, but have each settled in and made it very difficult for the other team’s offense to even think about erasing a late Indians lead. Read More

Tribe Avoids No-No, But Beat Up in Boston; Red Sox 9, Indians 1

May 21, 2016 |

In his first start since April 19, Joe Kelly took a no-hitter deep into the seventh inning and his Red Sox teammates gave him plenty of support as Boston two-hit the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon, 9-1.

Kelly, the hard-throwing right-hander who was scheduled to face the Indians in the third game of the season but was bumped after the inclement weather in Cleveland to start the year, made his first start against them count on Saturday. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and had no rust on his arm. Read More

Joba Chamberlain has Quietly Been the Indians Best Reliever

May 17, 2016 |

He leads the Tribe bullpen in ERA (0.71), WHIP (0.55), batting average against (.103), and fWAR (0.3). He has not allowed a home run in 2016, and so far in the month of May, he has eleven strikeouts in only five and two-thirds innings.

He is Joba Chamberlain.

The pitcher many Tribe fans still remember from Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS when, as a member of the New York Yankees, he was swarmed by midges, has pitched extraordinarily well this season. Signed as a non-roster invitee in December, the 30-year-old right-hander has given up only one earned while allowing four hits and three walks in 12 and one-third innings. Read More

Indians Facing Tough Decision When Anderson Returns Saturday

May 6, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians have a roster move to make on Saturday, and once again, the answer is not a clear one, at least to those of us on the outside of the clubhouse looking in.

When the Indians added several new players to the 25-man and 40-man rosters either during or at the end of spring training (Juan Uribe, Joba Chamberlain, Ross Detwiler, Marlon Byrd), Cleveland lost some of the flexibility that it would have had to send players with options back and forth to Columbus throughout the season. While the additions of the veterans to the lineup card may have made for a better roster to bring to Progressive Field to start the year, it also cost them several young players, including prospects like Tony Wolters, Giovanni Soto, James Ramsey, and Zach Walters.

This has led to several difficult decisions for the organization when looking to clear players from the 15-day disabled list. Now, the Indians are staring down a similar difficult decision as they need to create a 25-man spot for Cody Anderson, who will return from his stint at Triple-A to the Cleveland rotation on Saturday to make the start against the Kansas City Royals.

The problem is that there is once again no clear cut answer as to what roster move to make. Read More

How Sweep It Is, Tribe Makes It Six Straight Over Tigers; Indians 9, Tigers 4

May 5, 2016 |

A pair of four-run innings gave the Cleveland Indians all of the runs that they would need as they held off the Detroit Tigers and completed a second three-game sweep over their division rivals on Thursday night in a 9-4 win.

The Indians struck for four quick ones in the bottom of the first inning after Tribe starter Trevor Bauer escaped a two-on, one-out jam. After Rajai Davis struck out to start the bottom of the frame, Jason Kipnis singled to right center and Francisco Lindor singled right up the middle past Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. A single to right from Michael Brantley scored Kipnis to put Cleveland on the board. Mike Napoli then ripped the inning open with a blast a third of the way up the bleachers in left to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. Carlos Santana doubled and Juan Uribe walked on five pitches before Fulmer notched two more strikeouts to end the first. Read More

Indians Fight Back, Fall Just Short in Philly; Phillies 4, Indians 3

April 30, 2016 |

For the fifth straight game, the Cleveland Indians played a one-run game. For the fourth time in that stretch, they came up on the wrong side of the final outcome as a pair of late rallies fell short and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tribe by a 4-3 final.

In a close game knotted at three in the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies flared the go-ahead run in off of reliever Tommy Hunter in his first outing for Cleveland. David Lough started the inning with a pinch-hit single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice from Peter Bourjos. Odubel Herrera flied out to left, but Freddy Galvis blooped a pitch in on his hands just in front of right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall to score Lough from second to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Read More

Twins Win a Weird One from Tribe on Walk-off Blast; Twins 4, Indians 3

April 25, 2016 |

It was a weird night from Target Field, so it seemed fitting that the game would come down to a dramatic ending. A solo home run from Oswaldo Arcia to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Arcia sent his game-winner to deep right, the Twins’ first since July, over the granite wall off of Indians reliever Zach McAllister (1-1). The Twins outfielder entered the at bat 0-for-6 in eight career plate appearances against McAllister with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. It is Arcia’s second walk-off hit of the season (April 17th versus Los Angeles Angels).

It was just the second hit allowed this season by McAllister.

Facing another left-hander in Tommy Milone, the Indians lineup struggled to capitalize on frequent scoring opportunities throughout the night, scratching across their early runs in unusual fashion. Read More

Tribe Home Opener – Take Two

April 5, 2016 |

Monday hardly went as planned for fans of the feather as Mother Nature intervened on Cleveland’s unofficial Home Opener holiday. The Indians and the Boston Red Sox will give it a second try on Tuesday in a rescheduled 1:10 PM ET first pitch.

Gates open for the day’s new festivities at 11:00 AM ET.

Corey Kluber (9-16 in 2015, 3.49 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) is again set to take the mound in the season opener for the Indians. The Tribe’s ace and former Cy Young Award winner is looking to start his 2016 in a much better fashion than he began last season, when he was marred in a losing skid to begin his campaign. The Indians lost each of his first seven appearances while he was dealt the loss in five before winning his first game in a memorable 18-strikeout, one-hit, eight-inning performance against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 13. His next start, tentatively Sunday, April 10, in Chicago against the White Sox, will come on his 30th birthday. Read More

Indians Announce Roster Moves Heading into Opening Day

April 3, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians announced several roster moves Sunday afternoon in advance of their season opening game with the Boston Red Sox Monday afternoon at Progressive Field.

In need of several spots on the 40-man roster for outfielder Marlon Byrd and reliever Ross Detwiler, the Indians have designated utility man Zach Walters and reliever Giovanni Soto for assignment.

The team has also formally placed outfielders Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall retroactively on the 15-day disabled list to create spots on the 25-man roster for the two players. Read More