Dodgers acquire an Elliot Johnson & cuts have the bullpen taking shape

The Dodgers acquired Elliot Johnson from the Rangers for cash money, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But what is an Elliot Johnson, right? Right. Johnson is a utility infielder who can play (sort of) every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher, but primarily sticks to shortstop, second base, and third base. That sounds useful, but he’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

A Season of Missed Opportunities

After an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end to the 2013 season that thrust the Cleveland Indians back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, there were lofty expectations on the team heading into 2014. The team that ripped off ten straight wins to wrap up an incredible month of September last year was nearly identical to the squad set to take the field this season...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson Serving Utility Role in Columbus with Eye Toward Bigs

Since his call-down in May, Elliot Johnson has continued to bring versatility, consistency and veteran experience to the Clippers lineup in more ways than the average player on the roster. Johnson was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in January after spending the first part of the 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals and he was claimed off the waivers by the Atlanta...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Killing Two Birds with One Ball

The Indians have had a few problems this season (obviously given their 17-19 record), but some of these may be more to do with stubbornness than talent. While the Indians’ defense overall has not been great, it is unfair to stigmatize everyone as a whole. For example, the Indians outfield currently boasts a .990 fielding percent with six assists while Jason Kipnis and his replacements...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians 4, Twins 3: Bad defense assists Tribe walkoff win

For one night, the magic was back at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. All it took was the kind of shoddy defense the Indians have played all year. This time, it was their opponent who did them the favor. Since the Eric Wedge era, we have seen plenty of Indians attempting to play positions in the field they shouldn’t be playing all in the name of more offense. Whether it be Ryan...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Animated: Watch Nyjer Morgan stumble down the first base line

It was tough to see the Indians blow their game yesterday, but it was a fun one to watch most of the day. The Indians were winning and, of course, Nyjer Morgan’s stumble down the first base line provided plenty of laughs. You gotta love this guy. He falls down, thankfully didn’t get hurt and kind of laughed at himself the entire way back to the dugout. Related articles across...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Weekend Recap: Injuries change dynamic, a starter revival, freeing Lonnie, and three outs shy of a sweep

A weekend that should have been spectacular turned out to be just good with a bitter aftertaste. Home from a brutal west coast swing, the Tribe was back on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Following back-to-back wins to open a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox, the Indians led 3-1 heading into the ninth inning Sunday afternoon as closer John Axford came on to face...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

5/3 Recap: White Sox 0 – Indians 2

Roster Update: Elliot Johnson earned a very well deserved DFA this afternoon after making two errors in last night’s game. The only reason Johnson was on the team in the first place was as a defensive specialist, and since he was incapable of even that, he was designated. Left handed reliever, Nick Hagadone, has been brought back to the Majors in his stead, giving the Indians a...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians roster moves: Elliot Johnson DFA’d, Josh Tomlin to start Tuesday

The Indians announced a series of roster moves on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by the DFA of utility man Elliot Johnson and the planned promotion of Josh Tomlin to start on Tuesday. Today as well, starting catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the three-day paternity list. His wife Jennifer, the daughter of former major league Atlee Hammaker, gave birth to a daughter named Brooklyn...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomlin starting, Gomes has baby and Johnson demoted

CLEVELAND -- The suspense about who will be the Indians new fifth starter is over as Terry Francona announced before Saturday's game against Chicago that Josh Tomlin will take the hill on Tuesday against Minnesota. In Tomlin's recent outing last Thursday, the right-hander pitched a complete-game, three-hitter with no walks and 10 strikeouts as Columbus defeated Durham 3-0. Tomlin...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians place catcher Gomes on paternity list

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the paternity list and designated infielder Elliot Johnson for assignment. Gomes is batting .261 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 26 games. His wife, Jennifer, is expecting the couple's first child. The maximum stay on the paternity list is three days. Gomes, who signed a six-year, $23 million in spring training...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

5/2 Recap: White Sox 5 – Indians 12

Roster Update: The Indians worst fears were realized today as Jason Kipnis was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained oblique. He will likely miss a full month and possibly as long as six weeks after considering rehab starts. His replacement on the 25 man roster will be Jose Ramirez, as predicted yesterday, although his replacement in the field tonight was Elliot Johnson. Player...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Kipnis headed to DL

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have placed second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his right oblique during an at-bat in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Kipnis is hitting .234 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games. He is also tied for sixth in the American League with 17 walks. To take Kipnis' spot, the Indians...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Jose Ramirez Should Be the First Call-Up

The Indians are officially scuffling. They have lost six in a row and are sitting at a season low mark of 11-17, last place in the Central. There is no one player to blame for this, but there are certainly a few players that haven’t done anything to help, including Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera and the entire bench. To this point, the four man bench, that includes Mike Aviles...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #27: WE DID IT!!! – Angels 7, Indians 1

WE DID IT!!! The Angels actually completed a sweep AND got over .500 for the first time since Opening Day of 2013 AND finished the cursed month of April over .500! DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? YES!!!!!!! Run Expectancy Rundown Hank Conger led the team for the day and gave us some of his patented swing follow-through goodness. More of that, please. David Freese had his best day, according...
Via Monkey with a Halo
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

4/30 Recap: Indians 1 – Angels 7

Player of the Game Despite going just 1-3 and being caught stealing the one time he did reach base safely, David Murphy won tonight’s Player of the Game due to lack of competition. Every pitcher in the game except John Axford was awful and the offense was even worse. Murphy’s POG score of 1.23 was mostly derived from his RBI, the only one of the game. Feathers Up The Tribe scored...
Via Burning River Baseball
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB changes rule that negatively impacted Indians

Indians outfielder Elliot Johnson thought he had a catch but after replay officials looked at his attempted grab in right field, they ruled it was not. That controversial play came during the second game of a doubleheader the Indians played with the Padres on April 9. Less than a month later, Major League Baseball has seen the light and made a change. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB’s new catch interpretation is begging to be exploited

I got into an argument over MLB’s new (old?) interpretation of what is a catch when Elliot Johnson “caught” a fly ball, took two steps, came up against the outfield wall and then dropped the ball as he attempted to throw the ball into the infield. It wasn’t ruled an out because the “definition of a catch” apparently includes a transfer, even for an outfielder who has...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians activate Michael Bourn, send down Nyger Morgan

The Indians today activated OF Michael Bourn from the 15-Day DL and optioned OF Nyjer Morgan to AAA Columbus. The move comes as a bit of a surprise because of Morgan’s success early in the season for the Indians. In nine games, Morgan has a .348 batting average and an OPS of .832. He is third on the team in walks with 7 and tied for the team lead in stolen bases. In the end, it...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

South-praw-blem? On the Indians’ early struggles against left-handed pitching

An early story-line in the 2014 campaign has been the Indians struggles with left-handed starters. In the last six games alone, the Tribe has seen Eric Stults, Robbie Erlin, John Danks, Chris Sale, and Jose Quintana all of the southpaw persuasion. In Detroit, they’ll see Drew Smyly on Wednesday night. With a 12-man hitting arsenal, the Indians currently house five hitters that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Hoping to Draw Fans with New Bacon-Wrapped, Deep-Fried Outfielder

The Cleveland Indians have debuted a new player the organization hopes will boost the organization’s stagnant attendance, a bacon-wrapped outfielder that can run, catch and hit while also smelling like delicious bacon. “There’s an element of people who come to a MLB ballpark just because they love baseball,” said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. “We have those fans...
Via Sports Pickle
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

4/11 Recap: Indians 6 – White Sox 9

Player of the Game In a repeat of yesterday’s result, Asdrubal Cabrera again lead the Indians offense from the lead-off role. All of his positive POG points came during the fifth inning when he was responsible for all of the Indians three runs scored. He started with a two RBI double, knocking in Mike Aviles and Elliot Johnson, then he scored from second on a Nick Swisher single...
Via Burning River Baseball
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Burning River Radio 2.11 ☆

Here is another glorious episode of Burning River Radio, brought to you by burningriverbaseball.com. This time around we talk about the second week of Indians baseball in 2014 and all it entailed. This includes the Indians double header policy (there have been a few), the fantastic pitching the second time around and how Nick Swisher is a man child and everyone should know it by...
Via Burning River Baseball
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Starting pitching excels in double dip split with Padres

Whomever in the MLB scheduling department that decided having the San Diego Padres come to Cleveland for their one appearance in early April is a genius. Now seriously, who thought this was a good idea? Naturally bad weather postponed Monday night’s game, causing a traditional doubleheader to be played on Wednesday, which was supposed to be the Padres getaway day. It is the second...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Johnson disagrees with results of controversial replay challenge

CLEVELAND -- Elliot Johnson got his second start of the season in right field during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against San Diego, but Wednesday was one of those days that he would like to quickly move on from. Johnson was involved in a controversial replay challenge during the first inning and then was unable to move over the potential tying run during the eighth...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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