*Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn will transfer his rehab to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday. Raburn, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Columbus. In three games for the Clippers, Raburn is 1 for 14 with two strikeouts.
*Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi, on the 60-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, is rehabbing with the RubberDucks Tuesday.
*Five Indians have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas. They are infielder/catcher Tony Wolters, outfielder Jordan Smith, right-handers Dylan Baker and Louis Head and left-hander Nick Maronde. Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and Carolina trainer Bobby Ruiz will also participate.
*Single-A Lake County outfielder Mike Papi was named the Indians' minor league player of the week. Papi has reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games, batting .279 with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and 12 walks. Papi has primarily played right field since for the Captains, compiling a .311 on-base percentage.To read more or comment...
If Indians manager Terry Francona was interested in seeing how his team would respond to Friday’s night error-filled debacle, he didn’t have to wait long Saturday.
It only took three innings in Saturday’s game against the visiting Houston Astros to determine there was indeed a bit more grief in store. But unlike the previous night’s loss where the Indians offense failed to deliver in the clutch due to a pair of late base-running blunders by veteran utility man Mike Aviles and rookie Tyler Holt, Holt and the Indians redeemed themselves in a 3-2 walk-off victory.
Holt was once again at the center of the late action, leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit, first-pitch single. The speedster advanced to second on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice bunt, took third with one out on a wild pitch by reliever Jake Buchanan and scored on Jose Ramirez’s game-winning single.
Ramirez's full-count single up the middle marked the Tribe’s American-League leading 10th walk off win of the season and the first by Ramirez at any level as a professional.To read more or comment...
The Indians won’t have to play a player light for too long in the absence of starting catcher Yan Gomes, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion late Saturday afternoon.
Two hours after putting Gomes on the DL, the club acquired a familiar face in Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations.
Gimenez, 31, is a former Indians player who’s split the season between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .262 with 10 doubles, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored in 34 games for the big league club before being taken off the roster Aug. 7.
During his time with the Rangers, Gimenez caught 12 of ace pitcher Yu Darvish’s 22 starts. In between, he started the 2014 season and had spent the last 10 days in Round Rock, where he hit a combined .284 (including a .302 mark and 1.024 OPS against left-handed pitching) with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 22 RBI in 39 games.To read more or comment...
The Indians had to put catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day disabled list Saturday afternoon with a concussion after all.
Friday, a day after Gomes took a foul ball off his facemask during a game in Minnesota when a ball deflected off a player, the Indians were hopeful they could avoid having Gomes sidelined for a full week.
But after more tests on Gomes revealed concussion-like symptoms, the Indians were forced to the make the move late Saturday afternoon. With the decision to play it safe with Gomes coming so late in the day, the club might have to play Saturday’s game with 24 players – one under the 25-man limit.
But don’t expect the Indians to play a player light for too long, as a roster ought to be coming as soon as a minor leaguer can make his way to Cleveland.To read more or comment...
Here are tonight’s starting lineups and pre-game notes for the Indians and visiting Houston Astros Saturday night at Progressive Field.
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