Player News - Indians

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Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus.

Miller struck out two of the three batters he faced and needed just 12 pitches to record a 1-2-3 frame against the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 33-year-old left-hander figures to make one or two more appearances at the Triple-A level before returning to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since May 26 with a right knee injury.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Indians optioned C/OF Francisco Mejia to Triple-A Columbus.

It was known that Mejia would only be with the big league club for a couple of days before the break, so this doesn't come as a surprise. The 22-year-old top prospect is hitless in four plate appearances with the Indians this season.
Jul 15 - 5:21 PM

Trevor Bauer was excellent again Sunday but had to settle for a no-decision, as he was charged with two runs over seven innings in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Yankees.

Neil Walker took Bauer deep in the fourth inning, ending a streak of 58 1/3 frames where the right-hander didn't give up a homer. Bauer didn't yield much otherwise, though, and added seven more strikeouts while walking just one. He enters the All-Star break with a 2.24 ERA and 175 strikeouts, which is just 21 whiffs off his career high.
Jul 15 - 4:30 PM

Edwin Encarnacion was removed from Sunday's game against the Yankees after being hit by a pitch in his left forearm.

Indians' manager Terry Francona said after the game that Encarnacion was fine, and was removed as a precautionary measure. He should be fully healthy and right back in the lineup coming out of the All-Star break on Friday.
Jul 15 - 4:30 PM

Cody Allen notched his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Sunday versus the Yankees.

Allen has had a rough go of it lately, but he had no problem protecting a three-run lead in this one, getting two swinging strikeouts and a popout to nail down the victory. The Indians are no doubt going to get some bullpen help at the deadline, but they seem likelier to get setup help than closer help, so Allen's job should be safe.
Jul 15 - 4:19 PM

Michael Brantley hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Brantley took reliever Chad Green deep with a solo shot to lead off the frame to put the Tribe up for good. It was the outfielder's first longball in over a month, although he's now already driven in 12 runs over 14 games this month.
Jul 15 - 4:16 PM

Brandon Guyer went 1-for-3 with a two-run infield single in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Guyer came through with a two-run game-tying infield knock off CC Sabathia with two outs in the sixth play. Realistically, just one run should have scored on the play, but the Yankees did not field as crisply as they could have and the Indians were aggressive on the basepaths. End result? A tie game at 4-4. The Yankees would snap that tie in the top of the seventh, though, while the Indians failed to make any further hay offensively through to the end of the contest. For the campaign as a whole, Guyer is hitting a paltry .167/.274/.306 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 55 games played.
Jul 14 - 10:59 PM

Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Ramirez belted a solo home run off CC Sabathia in the first inning, a nice little opening salvo after the Yankees had jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Didi Gregorius homer in the top of the frame. For the campaign as a whole, the All-Star infielder is slashing a simply beautiful .299/.400/.630 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI, 19 steals and 67 runs scored in 93 games. He's rocked five home runs over the last five contests.
Jul 14 - 10:52 PM

Mike Clevinger surrendered five runs on seven hits over six-plus innings in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

In a game which included a number of bizarre plays -- including a HBP-strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton and a two-run infield single by Brandon Guyer -- the weirdest occurred when Clevinger trotted out to start the seventh inning with the score knotted up at 4-4. Austin Romine whacked a booming double off the right-hander to open the frame, and after a slight fielding error from the aforementioned Guyer, the backstop decided to push his luck for third base, at which point Erik Gonzalez's relay throw careened into the dugout to allow Romine to trot home and finish off the unorthodox run scored. While the five runs on his line look bad enough, Clevinger actually pitched well for the most part. Didi Gregorius burned him for a three-run home run and Greg Bird a solo shot to account for the other four runs on his line. He struck out eight and walked one on the evening Once the All-Star break has concluded, Clevinger will return to a 3.47 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 118/40 K/BB ratio (122 innings).
Jul 14 - 10:43 PM

Indians optioned RHP Shane Bieber to Triple-A Columbus.

This is only being done as a procedural move to allow the Indians to have an extra bench bat for a couple of days until the All-Star break. Bieber will be back and remain in the Indians' rotation following the break. The 23-year-old hurler has done a nice job in his first seven starts, going 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 42/8 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings.
Jul 14 - 3:11 PM

Indians recalled C/OF Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus.

Mejia is in the Indians' lineup on Saturday, serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth. He's only expected to remain with the club until the All-Star break, so there's no rush to grab him in redraft leagues.
Jul 14 - 3:09 PM

Shane Bieber improved to 5-1 after giving up four runs (three earned) over seven-plus innings against the Yankees on Friday.

The Yankees did most of their damage in the fifth inning, which included a wild pitch from Bieber to plate a run. Bieber was pulled after allowing a leadoff double to Tyler Wade in the eighth. Wade eventually came around to score. The rookie right-hander fanned six and walked a pair in the victory and holds a 3.74 ERA and 42/8 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings over his first seven starts in the majors. Bieber’s control has been as advertised, and while Terry Francona might have gone to the bullpen earlier if they haven't struggled so much this year, there's something to be said for a rookie working into the eighth inning against this lineup.
Jul 13 - 11:13 PM

Cody Allen escaped with his 19th save of the season after giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Friday.

It was easy to think "here we go again" after Allen allowed a leadoff homer to Giancarlo Stanton, but he managed to get the job done. Greg Bird actually followed Stanton’s homer with a single, but Allen was able to induce a double-play grounder from Miguel Andujar. Neil Walker then drew a two-out walk, but Allen managed to get Didi Gregorius to pop out to end it. The Indians’ closer has seen his ERA jump from 3.25 to 4.78 over his last two appearances. He hasn’t been as dominant overall this season, but he had eight straight scoreless appearances with a 12/2 K/BB ratio coming into this week.
Jul 13 - 11:13 PM

Michael Brantley delivered a two-run double against the Yankees on Friday.

Brantley went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on the night. It was tough to know what to expect from the 31-year-old coming off ankle surgery, but he’s proven to be a waiver wire gem with a .308/.354/.488 batting line to go along with 11 homers, 54 RBI, and 52 runs scored through 82 games.
Jul 13 - 11:12 PM

Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, and a run scored in Friday’s 6-5 win over the Yankees.

Ramirez got the Indians on the board with a ground out in the first inning before chasing Domingo German from the ballgame with an RBI triple in the fifth. While he went without a homer, he now has four straight two-hit games during which he’s driven in 10 runs. Ramirez has had an incredible first half, batting .299/.399/.624 with 28 homers, 69 RBI, 19 steals, and 65 runs scored over 92 games. He somehow just keeps getting better and better.
Jul 13 - 11:12 PM


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