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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis undergoes finger surgery, expected back for start of season

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 17, 2014

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, hurt during strength and conditioning activities, is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener April 6 at Houston.

The full-squad reporting date for spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., is Feb. 22.

Indians head trainer James Quinlan said in a conference call that Kipnis was hurt about a month ago working out near his home in Chicago. While racking weights, Kipnis' hand slipped and the finger was caught between the weight and the rack, causing a significant laceration.

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Indians sign right-hander Gavin Floyd

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 16, 2014

The Indians went back to an established pattern of acquiring reclamation projects with Tuesday's signing of right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year major league contract.

Floyd has made only 14 starts in the past two years. With the Atlanta Braves last season he went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in nine starts before fracturing his right elbow on June 19. In 2013, Floyd pitched only five games for the Chicago White Sox before undergoing reconstructive right elbow surgery.

Floyd's contract was worth a reported $4 million, with another $6 million available in incentives.

General Manager Chris Antonetti projected Floyd for the starting rotation along with Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. The latter two are out of options.

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Indians acquire 1B/OF Brandon Moss from Athletics

By August Fagerstrom Published: December 8, 2014

The Cleveland Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for second base prospect Joey Wendle, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Talks date back to Wednesday night, a source tells the Akron Beacon Journal, and the official deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Moss, 31, is a left-handed power hitter that should be expected to bat in the middle of the Indians' order. He has hit 76 home runs in the last three years, and only played half of the 2012 season. The Indians' leader in home runs during that same timespan is Carlos Santana, with 65.

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Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash hired as Rays manager

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 5, 2014

Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash will replace Joe Maddon as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and no one on the Tribe roster may be more disappointed than right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Cash. who turns 37 Saturday, was tabbed by the Rays over Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, 51. Cash is a Tampa native who spent eight years as a major league catcher, including one with the  Rays in 2005. He just completed his second year on the staff of Indians' manager Terry Francona after starting his post-playing career as an advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

According to, Cash becomes the youngest manager in the league since A.J. Hinch, hired as Diamondbacks' manager in 2009 at age 35.

Cash was also one of three finalists for the Texas Rangers' managerial position that went to Jeff Banister of the Pirates.

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