Player News - Indians

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Corey Kluber punched out 11 batters while allowing three runs over eight innings in the Indians' 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.

The White Sox took Kluber deep twice in the sixth inning, but they were both solo shots. The ace was pitching on seven days' rest and certainly looked strong in this one as he recorded his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season. Two of those outings have come against the White Sox. Kluber will face a stiffer test Sunday versus the Red Sox.
Sep 18 - 10:02 PM

Andrew Miller nailed down his second save of the season Tuesday against the White Sox.

Neither Cody Allen nor Brad Hand had pitched since Saturday, but Indians manager Terry Francona decided to go with Miller to protect a two-run lead after Corey Kluber covered the first eight frames. Miller struck out the first three batters he faced, but one of them reached on a passed ball. He wound up allowing a single but then got a groundout to end it. Miller has been up and down since returning from the disabled list and his fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on more saves down the stretch.
Sep 18 - 9:53 PM

Jason Kipnis slugged a solo home run Tuesday in a victory over the White Sox.

Kipnis popped one down the right field line off of Carlos Rodon in the fifth inning that just cleared the wall. It's his fourth home run (out of 16) this season against left-handed pitching. Each of Kipnis' last four starts have come in center field, as he has made the move to accommodate Josh Donaldson.
Sep 18 - 9:48 PM

Trevor Bauer (leg) threw off the mound to live hitters on Tuesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Bauer joked to manager Terry Francona after the workout that he's available to pitch on Tuesday night against the White Sox. That obviously won't happen, but he could potentially rejoin the Indians in a multi-inning relief role before the end of the week. Francona said he'll sit down with the medical staff on Wednesday to determine the next appropriate step. Bauer has been out since mid-August due to a stress fracture in his right fibula.
Sep 18 - 4:49 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is expected to return to the Indians' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion has been out since Saturday with a right ankle sprain, but it sounds like the AL Central champs are just being cautious. Yandy Diaz is filling in as Cleveland's designated hitter Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Sep 18 - 4:17 PM

Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) remains out of the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Encarnacion hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game with a mild right ankle sprain. He's still considered day-to-day. Yandy Diaz will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday against left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Sep 18 - 3:04 PM

Indians president Chris Antonetti said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that Trevor Bauer (leg) pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason is "something we’ve thought about."

Bauer has been out since mid-August with a fractured fibula, but he threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday in Cleveland and will progress to facing live hitters on Tuesday. He doesn't sound far off from a return to game action, but obviously there's not enough time to get stretched out before the end of the regular season. He could still be quite a weapon for the Indians during the postseason even if he isn't available in a starting capacity.
Sep 17 - 11:23 AM

Shane Bieber was tagged for five runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

Bieber served up nine hits, including a go-ahead three-run homer to Jim Adduci in the fifth inning. He once again showcased his trademark pinpoint control, striking out four batters without issuing a walk, but it was an underwhelming performance against a pedestrian Tigers lineup, which has averaged fewer than four runs per game this season. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander throws plenty of strikes, but being around the zone that often leads to plenty of hard contact at the big-league level. He’s 10-4 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and stellar 108/19 K/BB ratio in 18 starts. He’ll face the Red Sox at home in his next start on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 4:10 PM

Eric Haase went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Indians' loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Haase collected his first major-league hit with an RBI single to left field off Tigers starter Francisco Liriano, putting the Indians ahead in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old backstop hit .236/.288/.443 with 20 homers and 71 RBI in his 120 games at Triple-A Columbus prior to his call-up earlier this month. He's nothing more than quality organizational depth at catcher behind starters Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes.
Sep 16 - 4:01 PM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Sunday in the Indians' loss to the Tigers.

Donaldson was the only regular in the lineup for the Indians, who rested nearly all of their everyday position players, one day after clinching their third consecutive American League Central title. The 32-year-old former American League MVP is hitting .154 (2-for-13) with a home run in four games with Cleveland. It's an extremely small sample size, so fantasy owners shouldn't be alarmed just yet, but it's abundantly clear that he's still rounding into form after missing nearly four months due to injury.
Sep 16 - 3:54 PM

Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup Sunday.

A day after clinching the American League Central, the Indians are rolling out a lineup filled with backups Sunday. Josh Donaldson is the only regular who is in there.
Sep 16 - 11:19 AM

Yonder Alonso went 3-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in a one-sided win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Alonso hit a two-run homer in the second inning, one of three on the day for the Tribe in a 15-run rout. He was one of four players who scored three runs on the afternoon. Alonso has had an up and down year in Cleveland, batting .242/.306/.423 with 23 homers, 79 RBI and 62 runs scored in 134 games. Saturday's multi-hit game was his first since August 24.
Sep 15 - 7:00 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Tigers.

Francisco Lindor and Brantley greeted Tigers starter Michael Fulmer with back-to-back homers to lead off the game, and things only got worse from there for the Tigers. He ended up scoring three of the Indians' 15 runs in the division-clinching victory. Finally healthy for an entire year, the 31-year-old has been a huge plus for the Tribe this season, batting .307/.363/.472 with 16 homers, 73 RBI, 82 runs scored and 10 steals.
Sep 15 - 6:55 PM

Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored in a lopsided win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Ramirez had an RBI double in the second inning and a run-scoring triple in the fourth, putting him over the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career. It's a nice milestone in what's been a ridiculous offensive year for the 25-year-old, who will surely garner MVP votes for his performance. Ramirez is hitting .282/.396/.578 with 38 homers, 101 RBI, 101 runs scored and 32 stolen bases overall.
Sep 15 - 6:47 PM

Mike Clevinger threw six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and the Indians routed the Tigers 15-0 to clinch the American League Central title on Saturday.

The right-hander was better than he needed to be, as the Tribe staked him to a huge early lead. Clevinger and the Indians' bullpen did the rest, securing the team's third division title in as many years. The win improved Clevinger to 12-8 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 196/62 K/BB ratio over 188 1/3 innings. He's on track to pitch again Friday against the Red Sox, another postseason-bound club, but the Indians might tinker with their rotation to give guys some rest ahead of October. We'll see.
Sep 15 - 6:35 PM


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