The Indians season may be coming to a close, but winter baseball is just beginning to heat up.
The Tribe is scheduled to have 24 minor laegue players suiting up throughout Major League Baseball’s Winter Leagues, including three who are on the Indians 40-man roster in C Luke Carlin (Aguilas-Dominican League), 3B Jayson Nix (San Juan-Venezuelan League) and OF Nick Weglarz (Caracas-Venezuelan League).To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: It took several months, but Hector Ambriz finally found out why his right arm didn't feel quite right.
Ambriz will undergo elbow reconstruction surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament on Friday. The operation will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Anaheim, Calif., near Ambriz's home. The usual recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, so Ambriz is unlikely to pitch next year.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: With the season coming to a close, it's time to think -- or at least wonder -- about next year.
When spring training begins in mid-February, Grady Sizemore presumably will be recovered from micro-fracture surgery, but Michael Brantley, who has played center in his absence, has demonstrated that he can play the position every bit as well as Sizemore.
Moreover, even if the operation on Sizemore's knee is successful, it might leave him with less speed than he had formerly.
Consequently, which player will open the season in center and which player will be in left?
CLEVELAND: What was expected to be a 10-day absence from the lineup at most has ended Jason Donald's season.
Donald bruised a tendon in the index finger of his right hand trying to lay down a bunt. He bunted the ball directly off his finger and hasn't played since.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Every year, the Indians pay a cash award to three minor leaguers who stand out in three non-traditional offensive categories.
The purpose of the awards is to stress the importance of patience at the plate and pitch recognition.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Michael Brantley will miss his third straight start with a tight hamstring tonight against the Royals.
""Michael took extra hitting today and had no problems,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""He'll be available off the bench tonight and probably play tomorrow.''
In addition to the sore hamstring, Brantley hasn't been feeling well.
CLEVELAND: This is the kind of year it's been for the Indians: When one player is ready to come back from an injury, another player gets hurt.
Asdrubal Cabrera is returning to the lineup tonight to face the Royals after missing three games with a sprained wrist. But Michael Brantley, who was scratched from Thursday night's lineup just before game time, will be on the bench tonight.To read more or comment...
The Indians purchased the contracts of minor leaguers and RHP Vinnie Pestano and C Luke Carlin from Triple-A Columbus, along with adding Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh to the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Pestano and Carlin, C Carlos Santana was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL and RHP Hector Ambriz was put on the 60-day DL with inflammation in his right elbow.To read more or comment...
The Indians signed a two-year Player Development Contract (PDC) extension with the 2010 International League champion Columbus Clippers, an agreement that runs through the 2014 season.
The two-year extension was signed just two days after the Clippers captured the Triple-A Championship with a 12-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Tuesday.To read more or comment...
Winning the International League title last week was pretty awesome for the Indians Triple-A team in Columbus. But in adding yet another feather to their cap, the Clippers ended their 2010 season-to-remember by cruising to another easy, albeit important, postseason win.
Clippers LF Jerad Head helped lead yet another lopsided victory, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI to lead Columbus' 19-hit attack Tuesday in Oklahoma as the Clippers clubbed the Tacoma Rainiers 12-6 in the Triple-A Championship Game at Bricktown Ballpark.To read more or comment...
Today's game: CLEVELAND INDIANS (62-89) vs MINNESOTA TWINS (91-60) at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.
Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Nick Blackburn (9-10, 5.43 ERA).
CF Michael Brantley (.236)
SS Drew Sutton (.391)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.294)
DH Travis Hafner (.273)
LF Shelley Duncan (.232)
3B Jayson Nix (.227)
1B Matt LaPorta (.221)
2B Luis Valbuena (.183)
C Chris Gimenez (.196)
CF Denard Span (.267)
SS Alexi Casilla (.265)
DH Jason Kubel (.252)
3B Danny Valencia (.337)
1B Jose Morales (.211)
2B Matt Tolbert (.235)
LF Ben Revere (.167)
RF Jason Repko (.214)
C Drew Butera (.197)
The Indians were the only Major League organization to have two full-season affiliates win league titles in 2010 in low Class-A Lake County and Triple-A Columbus.
First, the Lake County Captains defeated the Clinton LumberKings 3-1 Monday night to claim the Midwest League Championship.To read more or comment...
MINNEAPOLIS: For the second time this season, Shin-Soo Choo has been named American League Player of the Week.
In six games through Sunday, Choo batted .500 (10-for-20) with four home runs, 11 RBI, seven runs and two steals. He compiled a .615 on-base percentage with the help of five walks. He also posted a 1.150 slugging percentage.
On Friday night at Kansas City, Choo hit three home runs for the first time in his career. The barrage included a grand slam and seven RBI.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Saturday night's numerous and lengthy rain delays plus the time it took to play the game itself added up to six hours, 37 minutes.
The marathon day and night at the ballpark followed by today's day game was not lost on manager Manny Acta, who made changes in the lineup to rest tired players.
Drew Sutton, who has made two starts at second, was in the lineup at short for the first time.To read more or comment...
KANSAS CITY, Mo.: When rain, lightning and thunder are the defining characteristics of a baseball game, you can bet that nobody at the ballpark had much fun.
Heavy showers and worse marred the Indians 6-4 win over the Royals Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium from before the first pitch to its conclusion, six hours, 37 minutes after it was scheduled to begin.To read more or comment...
KANSAS CITY, Mo.: With the Columbus Clippers having wrapped up the International League championship series Friday night, the Indians have recalled left-hander Aaron Laffey.
Laffey has been at Triple-A since Aug. 31, when he came off the disabled list. Laffey was placed on the DL July 23 with left shoulder fatigue, which no longer is an issue.To read more or comment...
KANSAS CITY, Mo.: The Indians made a roster move today, claiming outfielder Chad Huffman off the waiver wire from the Yankees.
Huffman spent most of the season at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, where he batted .274 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 48 runs in 104 games. He also had a .353 on-base percentage.
He played in nine games (four starts) with New York and was 3-for-18 with two RBI. He has been optioned to Columbus, which is in the midst of a playoff series with Durham.
Huffman was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team in 2009.
CLEVELAND: Jason Donald's right index finger remains in a splint, and he will not be accompanying the Indians on their six-day trip to Kansas City and Minnesota that starts on Friday.
The injury occurred Saturday night against the Twins, when Donald tried to bunt and was struck in the finger by a pitch. The next day doctors said he would be out of action for at least a week with a bruised tendon. Given that he missed the rest of the homestand and will miss the six-game trip, Donald won't return for at least 11 days.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Doctors found nothing seriously wrong with Mitch Talbot's right shoulder, but he will miss his next scheduled start on Saturday in Kansas City.
Justin Masterson will start against the Royals instead, and it might be his last appearance of the season.To read more or comment...
Today's game: CLEVELAND INDIANS (58-85) vs ANAHEIM ANGELES (70-73) at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field.
Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (3-3, 4.18 ERA) vs. Angels LHP Scott Kazmir (8-13, 5.98 ERA).
CF Michael Brantley (.236)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.271)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.287)
LF Shelley Duncan (.228)
DH Jayson Nix (.238)
1B Matt LaPorta (.223)
3B Andy Marte (.210)
2B Luis Valbuena (.179)
C Lou Marson (.196)
3B Alberto Callaspo (.279)
LF Bobby Abreu (.249)
RF Tori Hunter (.291)
DH Hideki Matsui (.268)
1B Mike Napoli (.247)
SS Erick Aybar (.257)
2B Howie Kendrick (.272)
C Bobby Wilson (.205)
CF Peter Bourjos (.204)
CLEVELAND: Jason Donald's misfortune is good luck for infielder Drew Sutton.
The medical reports on Donald showed a bruised tendon on his right index finger, a consequence of being hit by a pitch as he tried to lay down a bunt Saturday night against the Twins.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Justin Masterson is still an Indians starter, but he will finish out the season in the bullpen.
Manager Manny Acta said earlier that Masterson would be limited to 180 innings for the season, and when he got close he would throw the final few innings as a reliever.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: When Jeanmar Gomez gave up eight runs (7 earned) to the Tigers on Aug. 22, many Indians fans undoubtedly were thinking, ""There's another phenom going down in flames.''
Even Tribe officials said that Gomez wasn't ready for the big leagues when he made his debut as a spot starter a month earlier. But in his first five starts, he compiled a 1.84 earned-run average and pitched at least six innings three times. Then came Gomez's comeuppance against Detroit.To read more or comment...
It may not have been a banner year attendance-wise for the Akron Aeros this season, but not so in the Eastern League overall.
While the Aeros announcing a season attendance of 261,563 (an average of 3,791 that ranked eighth out of the 12-team league), the E.L. office recently announced a new total attendance record with 3,966,241 fans during the 2010 seson. That tops the previous attendance mark of 3,944,185 set during the 2005 season.To read more or comment...
Today's game: CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-82) vs ANAHEIM ANGELES (66-71) at 9:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium at Anaheim.
Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Angels RHP Dan Haren (2-4, 3.50 ERA).
CF Michael Brantley (.223)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.277)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.294)
DH Travis Hafner (.272)
3B Jayson Nix (.243)
LF Shelley Duncan (.234)
1B Matt LaPorta (.229)
2B Luis Valbuena (.178)
C Lou Marson (.191)
3B Alberto Callaspo (.285)
2B Howie Kendrick (.278)
LF Bobby Abreu (.253)
RF Tori Hunter (.291)
DH Hideki Matsui (.264)
1B Mike Napoli (.245)
SS Erick Aybar (.262)
C Jeff Mathis (.198)
CF Peter Bourjos (.193)
A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Sunday:
Triple-A Columbus (79-64) - The visiting Clipper were routed 9-1 by Toledo, limited to a single run in the seventh inning...RHP Paolo Espino (3-3, 5.62 ERA) took the loss after dishing up eight runs on 10 hits in just four innings...DH Wes Hodges went 2-for-4 with with a home run.
Double-A Akron (70-71) - The visiting Aeros lost their fifth consecutive game and fourth straight to host Erie in a 1-0 pitcher's dual...RHP and reliever Steven Wright (2-2, 4.31 ERA) gave the Aeros five strong innings in limiting the SeaWolves to one run on five hits while striking out five, but took the loss...The Aeros offense, which managed just four hits, was led by 1B Miguel Perez, who went 2-for-4 with a double.To read more or comment...
A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Friday:
Triple-A Columbus (79-62) - The host Clippers lost 5-3 to Toledo, but have at clinched a wild card spot in the playoffs...RHP Zach McAllister (9-12, 5.29 ERA) took the loss, allowing all five of the Mud Hens runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings...1B Wes Hodges went 2-for-3 with a home run.
Double-A Akron (70-69) - The visiting Aeros were doubled up 10-5 by Erie, eliminating Akron from the Eastern League Western Division race...LHP Scott Barnes (6-11, 5.22 ERA) gave up five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out eight batters...3B Lonnie Chisenhall went 2-for-4 with a double and triple.To read more or comment...
Today's game: CLEVELAND INDIANS (54-80) vs SEATTLE MARINERS (52-82) at 10:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.
Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Fausto Carmona (11-13, 4.19 ERA) vs. Mariners LHP Luke French (3-4, 4.13 ERA).
CF Michael Brantley (.217)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.277)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.295)
LF Shelley Duncan (.233)
3B Jayson Nix (.252)
DH Matt LaPorta (.237)
1B Andy Marte (.220)
2B Jason Donald (.258)
C Lou Marson (.191)
RF Ichiro Suzuki (.311)
2B Chone Figgins (.247)
CF Franklin Gutierrez (.249)
DH Russell Branyan (.238)
3B Javier Lopez (.241)
1B Casey Kotchman (.224)
C Adam Moore (.196)
LF Mike Saunders (.221)
SS Jack Wilson (.249)
CLEVELAND: As promised, the Indians called up Carlos Carrasco, who started against the White Sox this afternoon.
Manager Manny Acta also hinted that a reliever would be summoned, and that was done, as Jensen Lewis arrived from Columbus for his fifth stint with the Tribe this year. Unexpectedly, the club also called up outfielder/first baseman Jordan Brown, who started today's game at first instead of Matt LaPorta.
LaPorta had been expected to return to the lineup today after missing two games with a sore hip, but he remained sidelined with the injury.To read more or comment...