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INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Top of Tribe Lineup Gives Hope for Future Seasons

When the Indians season started, offense was a dirty word that never quite appeared. Until late April, Michael Bourn was leading the Indians lineup after being rumored to be able to get on base, but proving ineffective at drawing walks and delivering hits that put him on base and resulted in runs being scored. Once he moved out of the leadoff spot, Jason Kipnis took over and, slowly...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bauer, Kipnis lead Indians to 3-1 win over Angels

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer, starting in place of an ill Danny Salazar, allowed one run in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Friday night. Bauer (10-10) won for the second time in nine starts. He replaced Salazar, who was scratched because of a virus. Bauer allowed five hits and struck out seven. Jason Kipnis, the American League's...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lindor Living Up to High Expectations

If Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is not careful, he could end up in the debate for American League Rookie of the Year. Actually, since the All-Star break, Lindor has looked more like a seasoned league MVP than a player getting his first taste of Major League Baseball action. Lindor certainly has more to learn, as any 21-year-old would. However, he seems so far ahead of the game...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Watch this Indians fan snag a screaming liner

The Cleveland Indians weren’t the only ones to go home winners on Tuesday night as a fan down the third-base line was right there with them. Watch as left-handed Abraham Almonte slaps a first-pitch fastball down the line, only to have the screaming liner absolutely speared by a glove-toting, bearded gentleman just beyond the edge of the tarp. One hell of a snag, right? Rick Manning...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: DL for Indians' Carrasco

Indians SP Carlos Carrasco is on the DL with a sore shoulder. Manager Terry Francona said that the issue is bursitis, and added: "He'll be down for four or five days. Then he'll start throwing again. By all accounts, from talking to the doctor, he'll be fine ... He just had some inflammation in there. This will knock it out and he'll be good to go." The earliest Carrasco can return...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Carrasco bothered by sore shoulder, DL possible

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has a sore right shoulder and is likely headed to the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco has been bothered by soreness, which worsened following a recent start in New York. Francona said Carrasco underwent an MRI, which came back negative. Carrasco will undergo another medical examination on Tuesday night before...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bode Plots: What is wrong with Carlos Santana?

Carlos Santana has been having an interesting season at the plate. In his most recent stretch of games, he only has three hits in the last 26 plate appearances (3-for-21 with four walks), but he has made each of those hits count. Santana had two home runs over the weekend against the New York Yankees, and, on Monday, he hit a ninth inning single off of left-hander Jon Lester to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nellie Rodriguez is the New Big Man In Town

There’s a new big guy in Akron. For a team that had very little power production during the first month of the season, they have now been supplied with yet another big bat from High-A Lynchburg. This time it’s in the form of right handed hitting first basemen Nellie Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 21, was drafted by the Indians in the 15th round of the June Amateur MLB draft out of George...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Lindor catching up to Carlos Correa, even if you’ve never heard of him

When Carlos Correa made his major league debut for the first place Astros in June and crushed two home runs his first week, many dubbed him the next Alex Rodriguez and closed their minds to the AL Rookie of the Year race. The 20 year old, slick fielding shortstop was the best we were going to see this year without question. Francisco Lindor would like you to open your minds and your...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Tyler Naquin The Indians Center Fielder of the Future?

Over the last few years, the Indians have slowly been building a very solid farm system stocked with MLB-caliber talent at multiple positions. One of the Indians deepest positions is the outfield, which has 5-6 potential major league players that could help the Indians or be used as a valuable trade chip. One of the most talented of these players is the Indians first round draft...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Santana’s Subpar Season

Yoenis Cespedes Yoenis Cespedes, and for that matter much of the Mets team, had a monstrous weekend in Colorado. Much of Cespedes’ damage was done Friday night when he recorded five hits, scored five runs, hit three home runs, and drove in seven runs. Those numbers are a pretty good week from a fantasy player, let alone a stat line for one night. Cespedes hasn’t really gotten...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Lindor answering questions for 2016

The Cleveland Indians will head into the offseason with a number of questions for 2016, and although the Tribe certainly needs to look outside of their organization for answers, they may be able to find help within the organization as well. The biggest problem heading into 2016 seems to be the offense. The offensive problems have spanned all of 2015 (and frankly, long before that...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona: Umpire’s explanation was “atrocious” (Video)

Midway through Saturday’s tilt between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, Tribe manager Terry Francona was shown the door for arguing a call that, after the fact, appeared to be pretty clear cut. In the top of the fifth inning, with the Yankees leading 5-1 and runners on the corners, New York Shortstop Didi Gregorius took a throw from first base that appeared to pull him...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

8/22 Recap: Jittery Salazar Settles Down Too Late

Player of the Game Continuing his success in non-bunting situations, Francisco Lindor‘s first inning home run gave the Indians the early lead, then his eighth inning double allowed the Indians to score their only other run on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. He added a single in between for his third career three hits game. It was, however, his first game with multiple extra base hits...
Via Burning River Baseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gavin Floyd Hit Around in Rookie League Rehab Start

The Indians signed former Braves starter Gavin Floyd last winter to a one year, $4M deal for him to be the team’s fifth starter. With the expectations that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar would be the majority of the rotation, Floyd was supposed to be the veteran leader keeping the others in line. Instead, he broke a bone in his elbow, the same injury...
Via Burning River Baseball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lonnie Chisenhall reviving career with new role

When Lonnie Chisenhall began the 2015 Major League season as the starting third baseman for the Cleveland Indians, many Tribe fans believed that he only had one chance left with the club. The Indians’ 2008 first-round draft pick (29th overall) made his highly anticipated big league debut with the Tribe on June 27, 2011 , but it had mostly been three and a half years of disappointment...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Chris Johnson to miss games with spider bite

    Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take. Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider. According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday in Minneapolis...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona accompanying Farrell to chemotherapy treatment

    John Farrell will begin chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma on Tuesday, and a close friend who also happens to be an opponent will be joining the Boston Red Sox manager for support. Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that Terry Francona, whose Cleveland Indians are in Boston for a three-game series, is accompanying Farrell to his first round of treatment. The two...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

What happened to the Indians this season?

The Cleveland Indians were a popular pick to make the playoffs this season. Yours truly felt that Cleveland would coast to the AL Central title following an 85-win 2014. But things obviously haven’t gone according to plans. Through 113 games, the Tribe are 53-60, a whopping 14.5 games behind the Royals in the AL Central. Something went wrong with this team this season, and a...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer: Towards Better Pitching Through Science

Before anybody snarks about the quality of Trevor Bauer‘s pitching, and whether or not he’s good enough for us to value his thoughts on pitching, know that he’s fully aware of his limits, and was even before conceding six runs to the Yankees last night (box). “I don’t throw hard enough. My pitches aren’t strikes often enough. My pitches are consistent enough. I’d almost...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles on daughters' pitch: My joy comes from my kids

It was an emotional moment at Progressive Field on Thursday night when Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles assumed catcher’s duties during the ceremonial first pitch procession before the Tribe took on the New York Yankees. Tossing out the pitches before the game were Aviles’ four-year-old twin daughters, Adriana and Maya. Adriana was diagnosed with childhood leukemia...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles’ twin daughters threw out the first pitches in Cleveland

Before Thursday night’s Yankees-Indians game at Progressive Field, the four-year old twin daughters of Cleveland infielder Mike Aviles threw out the first pitches. This may not seem like a huge deal until you realize that one of Aviles’ daughters, Adriana, is currently battling leukemia. #TeamAdriana and their first pitch! pic.twitter.com/UgARO6y2oK — Cleveland Indians (...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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