The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday afternoon that Scott Kazmir has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Trevor Bauer will make his scheduled start on Saturday in Tampa against the Rays. Kazmir is expected to miss two to three starts.
Mickey Callaway confirmed Bauer will start on Saturday during SportsTime Ohio’s All Bets Are Off show with Bruce Drennan. Bauer was 1-0 in 14 innings during the spring.
“He’s got enough stuff to go out there and compete any night he’s on,” Callaway said to Drennan. “We’re hoping he comes in and is ready to go.”
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.
By Laurel Wilder
Although this offseason for the Indians has been filled with major changes, noteworthy signings, and an unprecedented sense of excitement for the year to come, it has also left a number of questions in the minds of Tribe fans everywhere. Perhaps most commonly is the question of what, exactly, is going to happen with the starting rotation?
With Tribe pitching very much in need of reconstruction following a shaky end of the 2012 season, the Indians have brought a number of candidates to Spring Training to compete for the open spots in the rotation. The locks for the upcoming season are Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, with Brett Myers and Zach McAllister also showing incredibly strong promise of being given starting rotation positions.
The final spot in the rotation, however, remains wide open. A number of both veteran and younger players have found themselves in competition for the fifth spot, but none have seemed as widely talked about as 22-year-old Trevor Bauer.
By Mike Brandyberry
Sunday declared the start of the competition for the fourth and fifth rotation spots on the Indians’ starting staff. While no spots can be won or lost quickly, the race is officially under way after all five serious contenders for the final two spots saw action yesterday.
With the starting rotation being the Indians’ most serious concern entering exhibition play, Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti set out this winter to create a deep and competitive field for the final two spots. The field of competitors consists of an incumbent, along with injury reclamation projects, free agents and trade acquisitions.
“If you have a lot of questions going into the year, sometimes the answer is no,” Francona said prior to Sunday’s games. “That’s why Chris and I talked about trying to add depth this winter.”
On this week’s podcast Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry discuss the Cleveland Indians starting rotation. The crew discusses the importance of bounce back seasons from Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez and what to expect from Brett Myers and …
This week Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry discuss the Tribe’s free agent signing of Michael Bourn and the impact it will have on the offense. DTTWLN’s Bob Toth joined the show to discuss the exciting offseason and how close …
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the coaches selected to be a part of Manager Terry Francona’s staff.
By Mike Brandyberry
No one may have a tougher job on the Indians’ coaching staff in 2013 than new pitching coach Mickey Callaway.
Callaway, who was a dark horse to earn the job, will be entrusted to try and rebuild and retool a starting rotation that started the 2012 season as one of the Tribe’s strengths, but ended the year as the focal point of a disappointing second half.
Indians’ starting pitchers were only 48-76, with a 5.25 ERA in 2012. Worse yet, the starting rotation was only 15-42, with a 6.07 ERA in the second half of the season, including the disastrous August that became the worst month in franchise history when the Tribe was 5-24.
Callaway, 37, spent the 2012 season as the Tribe’s Minor League Pitching Coordinator in his third campaign in the Indians organization. He was previously the Pitching Coach at Class-A Lake County in 2010 and at Class-A Kinston in 2011 after hanging up his cleats after the 2009 season. Mickey pitched professionally from 1996-2009, appearing in 40 Major League games with Tampa Bay, Texas and Anaheim from 1999-2004 and made 6 starts for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Did The Tribe Win Last Night staff is so excited for Spring Training, pitchers and catchers reporting and our coverage, we are kicking off a day early with reader mailbag. Like most Indians fans, the roster shake up has created many questions and a lot of excitement among our staff. Before we begin with our spring coverage tomorrow, we’ll try to answer your questions heading into spring training.
As always, thanks for the questions…
We talked about this a couple weeks ago on our Wahoo Watch podcast, but I would hit Swisher fourth. Personally, I’m a big fan of Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis at the top of the lineup because of their speed. Brantley has improved every year and I expect the same in 2013. He doesn’t have the high on-base percentage you’d like from a leadoff hitter, but he is outstanding at putting the bat on the ball. With Brantley and Kipnis at the top, I’d follow with Asdrubal Cabrera third and Swisher fourth. Swisher provides a consistent cog in the middle of the Indians’ lineup. If you look at his career statistics, you can pretty much pencil him in for around 25 home runs every season. With those three in front of Swisher, hopefully you make the most out of those 25 home runs he hits.
On this week’s podcast Erik Pinkerman and Ronnie Tellalian discuss their reaction to Trevor Bauer meeting the Cleveland media and their opinions of the Baseball Hall of Fame voting.
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In this week’s Wahoo Watch podcast, Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry break down the three team trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks that got the Tribe Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. The trio …
It’s time to give Chris Antonetti some credit.
The Indians General Manager has deservedly received his fair share of criticism for the Tribe’s struggles over the last few seasons, but after several decisions that resulted in disappointment, he seems to have made a very positive move Tuesday evening.
“We need to do a better job of shaping our roster,” Antonetti said at his season end press conference in October. “There were some decisions we made last year that didn’t turn out the way that we had hoped. We certainly need to reinvent our process that led to those decisions.”
Tuesday’s three-way trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds and Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to the Arizona Diamondbacks isn’t the only move to change the shape of the roster, but it is the biggest. The Indians received Drew Stubbs in return from Cincinnati and Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from Arizona.
The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in part of a three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians dealt Choo and infielder Jason Donald to Cincinnati for Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs and Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and right-handed relief pitchers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw. The Indians sent Didi Gregorius from the Reds, plus left-handed relief pitcher Tony Sipp, minor league first baseman Lars Anderson and cash considerations to the Diamondbacks
Choo, a right fielder with the Indians, is expected to become the Reds center fielder. Cincinnati hopes to recuperate what they will lose in Choo’s defense with his increased offense. Choo rebounded from an injury-riddled 2011 to hit .283, with 16 home runs and 67 runs batted in during 2012, primarily in the Tribe’s leadoff spot. It is expected that Cincinnati will insert him into the top of their order to hit in front of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.