One week from today, Major League Baseball returns to Cleveland as the Indians host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days
Last season, the Cleveland Indians used the number seven in the first and last months of the campaign, but both of those players left the organization as free agents following the season.
With their backs against the wall this week, the Indians brought little to the plate and little relief. Friday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, coupled with a 6-2 win by Tampa Bay in Toronto, officially eliminated Cleveland from the 2019 postseason.
The end results mirrored those of recent days after the Indians dropped two of three to the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week in must-win situations. The Tribe was in the game briefly, but a disastrous five-run sixth inning by the Cleveland bullpen ended the team’s playoff hopes with one messy frame.
The annual September call ups arrived to Tampa ahead of Sunday’s series finale with the Rays and the Cleveland Indians needed to get creative to get all the names onto the active roster.
The most notable of the moves were the additions of pitchers Carlos Carrasco (leukemia) and Dan Otero (right shoulder inflammation) from the 60-day injured list. Eric Haase joined the club in more conventional fashion as he was recalled for the second time this season from Triple-A Columbus. In addition, the Indians selected the contracts of right-handed reliever James Hoyt and utility man Ryan Flaherty from Columbus.
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.
On a cool and rainy day in northeast Ohio, there was something comforting about seeing the Cleveland Indians back on the ball diamond once again.
A new look Tribe, returning one familiar face in Carlos Santana after purging several others in the offseason (including the loved-or-hated Chief Wahoo), will get its work in from Arizona this spring, with many roster spots up for grabs. In addition to a wide open battle for bullpen spots around closer Brad Hand, the Indians have a wildly uncertain outfield picture as well as a need to crown a utility man to start the season.
The Cleveland Indians added two more names to the guest list at the club’s spring training complex at Goodyear, Arizona.