Player News - Indians

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Jose Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk on Sunday in a 2-2 tie with the Reds.

His hit was a base knock off of Homer Bailey. Ramirez is coming off what is easily the best season of his career; hitting 56 doubles and posting an impressive .957 OPS for Cleveland in the 2017 campaign. It's tough to expect him -- or any hitter -- to put up these kind of numbers again, but Ramirez is still just 25-years-old, and it's not crazy to think he'll remain one of the best infielders in fantasy baseball for the rest of the decade.
Feb 25 - 6:14 PM

Jason Kipnis hit his first homer of the spring on Sunday in a 2-2 tie with the Reds.

The homer was a solo shot that came off of Reds reliever David Hernandez in the third inning. Kipnis, 30, struggled with injuries in 2017, but was able to post an OPS over .800 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, so it's reasonable to expect a bounce-back from the outfielder in 2018.
Feb 25 - 6:08 PM

Trevor Bauer was dominant in his first start of spring training on Sunday; striking out three hitters and not allowing a hit against the Reds in two innings.

It's tough to do much better than this, as Bauer didn't allow a hit and threw 24-of-28 pitches for strikes. The 27-year-old right-hander had his best season in 2017; winning 17 games and striking out 196 hitters in 176 innings. It wouldn't be a shock if he put up similar -- if not better -- numbers as he enters the prime of his career.
Feb 25 - 4:36 PM

Indians placed RHP Cody Anderson on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Taylor. Anderson will get a late start to the season after having Tommy John surgery last March.
Feb 25 - 2:47 PM

Indians claimed RHP Ben Taylor off waivers from the Red Sox.

Taylor, 25, held a 5.19 ERA over 14 relief appearances for the Red Sox last season but struck out a batter per inning. He'll compete for a middle relief spot in Cleveland.
Feb 25 - 1:51 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) has had some issues decelerating while running, but Indians manager Terry Francona said the team is pleased with the progress the outfielder is making on that front.

Brantley is being eased into things early on in camp after having surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle. He had a great workout Saturday and seems to be coming along slowly but surely. It's very much in question whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 25 - 12:03 PM

Indians signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

ESPN's Buster Olney says Belisle will make $1.5 million with $1.75 million more available in incentives if he's on the big league roster. Belisle served as the Twins' closer for a time last season, posting a 4.03 ERA and 54/22 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old should have a good shot at making the Indians' Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy.
Feb 25 - 8:19 AM

Eric Haase went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

Haase hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and followed that up with a solo home run in the ninth. The 25-year-old showed off slick power a year ago, slashing .260/.352/.578 while bashing 27 homers in 97 games between Double- and Triple-A. He'll likely open the coming season down in the minors.
Feb 24 - 8:09 PM

Tyler Naquin went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

A fine game for Naquin, who put his stamp on the exhibition via a two-run home run in the third inning. After hitting a sweet .296/.372/.514 in 116 games with the Indians during the 2016 season, the outfielder saw his playing time plummet in 2017, when he appeared in just 19 games. He failed to impress in that small space. He'll be fighting for a bench role this spring, but may very well end up at Triple-A Columbus to open the 2018 season.
Feb 24 - 8:03 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Kipnis was held out of the team's first few Cactus League contests due to a sore lower back, but manager Terry Francona believes he'll be ready to go on Sunday. He's expected to start at second base for the Tribe in 2018, though he could play some left field if Michael Brantley isn't ready for the start of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 11:44 AM

Yonder Alonso belted a solo home run in Friday's spring training opener against the Reds.

He took starter Sal Romano over the wall in his first at-bat in an Indians uniform. He joined the Tribe as a free agent following a breakout season with the Athletics and Mariners. Alonso slugged .266/.365/.501 with 28 homers and 67 RBI in 142 games last year.
Feb 23 - 6:52 PM

Mike Clevinger drew the start versus the Reds on Friday and tossed a perfect inning on three pitches.

He induced first-pitch flyouts from Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez before getting Joey Votto to ground out to first base. Clevinger is battling Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar for the last two slots in the Indians' starting rotation. The 27-year-old should have a leg up on the others after going 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts and six relief appearances last year. He struck out 137 batters in 121 2/3 innings.
Feb 23 - 6:45 PM

Indians first base prospect Bobby Bradley lost 30 pounds over the offseason.

Ranked as the team's No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, Bradley hit .251/.331/.465 with 23 home runs at the Double-A level last season. The 21-year-old will move up to Triple-A in 2018 and could conceivably push for playing time with the big club by the end of the season. "I told him not only is he knocking on the door because of where he plays, but we want to see him knock the door down," manager Terry Francona said.
Feb 23 - 11:48 AM

Jason Kipnis will sit out the Indians' first few Cactus League games due to a sore lower back.

It's not a major concern here in late February. Kipnis was shopped by the Indians this winter and nearly traded to the Mets at one point, per reports, but he is locked in as Cleveland's primary second baseman leading into 2018.
Feb 22 - 1:49 PM

Brandon Guyer (wrist) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday in Indians camp.

Guyer aggravated his surgically-repaired left wrist during one of the Indians' first full-squad workouts in Arizona, but an MRI taken Wednesday showed no new damage. It sounds like the veteran outfielder will be fine for Opening Day, though he still has some rehab hurdles to clear.
Feb 22 - 1:45 PM


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