As expected, the Indians activated centerfielder Michael Bourn Friday afternoon, leaving the speedy centerfielder six weeks to try to help take a .500 team and make them a playoff contender down the stretch.
On the disabled list since July 6th with another left hamstring injury (his third setback of the season), Bourn took the vacant roster spot of right-handed reliever John Axford, the Tribe’s former closer who was claimed on outright waivers Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Whether or not Bourn, who has been plagued by hamstring issues since the Indians signed him to a four-year, $48 million deal before last season, can make that much of an impact alone is up for question.
His season to date has been a disappointing one due to constant problems with the hamstring he had surgically repaired in October, following problems with it late in the 2013 campaign.To read more or comment...
The Pirates claimed former Indians closer John Axford off of outright trade waivers late Thursday afternoon, meaning that while the Indians won’t receive compensation for him, Pittsburgh pays the approximately $1.1 million remaining on the right-hander’s salary this season.
The Indians signed Axford to a one-year, $4.5 million deal in mid-December. But the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was out as the Tribe’s closer by May 9th when his command issues became all too evident.
Since then, Axford has worked hard with pitching coach Mickey Callaway to regain a majority of his form, and even made the final five outs Aug 4th against the visiting Cincinnati Reds to notch his first save since May 3.
But just when it appeared that the old dominating Axford was back, he took a step back. In Axford’s most recent appearance - Friday against host New York - Axford dished up a grand slam to Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran in the Tribe’s 10-6 loss in the Bronx.To read more or comment...
Indians players Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison are scheduled to participate in a new charity fantasy football league also open to fans.
For a one-time donation of $2,000 (which can include one co-manager) or $3,000, participants will be invited to an Aug. 23 draft day experience at Progressive Field. That will include a live draft with the players and surprise guests, food and beverages (cash bar), a photo opportunity with the Indians, pre-autographed items, VIP access to batting practice for that day's game against the Houston Astros and a ticket in the Champions Suite.
During the fantasy season, participants will interact with the Tribe players and have chances to win prizes.
Proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Indians Charities and Big League Impact Basic Needs Initiative. The latter brought together stars from teams in 10 ciites last year. This year more than 60 major league players, including over a dozen All-Stars, have agreed to participate.To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians doubleheader split with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday at Progressive Field. The Indians rallied for a 3-2 win in the first game, but were shut out 1-0 in 12 innings in the second.
1) Indians Game One starting pitcher Trevor Bauer showed his increasing maturity in his career-high, eighth-inning start. Not only was he facing his former team head-to-head for the first time since they traded him to the Indians two years ago in an obvious we-can’t-handle-the-prima-donna-attitude, see-what-you-can-do dump, he went out of his way to be a good sportsman to the former teammate he battled with the most - catcher Miguel Montero.
“That was two years ago,” Bauer said, shrugging off the idea that there could be any leftover hard feelings. “I’ve long since moved on from that. So, to me, it’s just another team. Just nine more hitters to get out. That’s it. There’s no bad blood between me and them or anything like that. I moved on from it a long time ago. I just tried to pitch and get outs.”
2) The right-hander, who was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Diamondbacks, limited the Dbacks to two runs on four hits and was one strikeout shy of matching his career-high of 10.To read more or comment...
Solid starting pitching ruled all play Wednesday in the Indians doubleheader sweep/split against/over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Progressive Field.
After Indians Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer set the tone against his former team with a career-high eight innings, Tribe spot starter Josh Tomlin and Diamondbacks rookie spot starter Andrew Chafin took it a step further, each turning in at least five scoreless innings.
After the Indians claimed the first game via the long ball on rookie Zack Walters’ walk-off home run in the ninth inning, the Dbacks took the nightcap 1-0 in 12 innings with a little small ball to split the doubleheader.
Tribe reliever C.C. Lee issued a walk to lead off man Alfredo Marte, Didi Gregorius sacrificed him to second with a bunt and Tuffy Gosewisch singled up the middle to score the game’s only run. A Lonnie Chisenhall two-out pinch-hit double gave the Tribe hope, but Jason Kipnis struck out to end the four-hour and 16-minute game.To read more or comment...