The Cleveland Indians on Friday optioned right-handed starting pitcher Danny Salazar down to Triple-A Columbus.
Salazar struggled this spring, going 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 innings. His velocity was said to be OK, but consistency was an issue.To read more or comment...
Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez essentially earned the official starting nod when top prospect Francisco Lindor was reassigned to Minor League camp.
Ramirez has a spot, for now, on the diamond. But today, his car beat him there.
Courtesy of MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Ramirez's car made its way to shortstop.To read more or comment...
It was mostly a forgone conclusion, but the Indians on Thursday reassigned shortstop and top prospect Francisco Lindor to Minor League camp.
Lindor, who this spring hit .297 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple and five RBI in 16 games, will open the season in Triple-A Columbus. Jose Ramirez will serve as the Tribe’s starting shortstop.To read more or comment...
The Indians have garnered plenty of attention this spring as one of the title contenders in the American League Central. Now it's the machines' turn, and the numbers agree, though there's a different name atop the division lead.
In February, ESPN's David Schoenfield ranked the Tribe as the fourth best team in baseball and the best in the American League.
Las Vegas has the Indians at 84.5 wins, tied with Detroit for the AL Central lead. Kenny White, Chief Operating Officer of Don Best Sports and one of the top voices in Vegas, told the Beacon Journal he sees the Tribe at 87.5 wins and Michael Brantley as one of the top hitters in all of baseball.To read more or comment...
Time to find out if the curse is real. Sports Illustrated is featuring the Cleveland Indians on the cover of its baseball preview issue. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber and outfielder Michael Brantley are on the cover with the headline "Wait Till This Year."
The magazine is also touting the Indians as their pick to win the World Series.
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The Cleveland Indians on Friday trimmed its Major League spring training roster down to 48 players.
Outfielder Carlos Moncrief was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Infielder Erik Gonzales was optioned to Double-A Akron. Outfielder James Ramsey and left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde were reassigned to minor league camp.
SportsTime Ohio on Thursday announced a couple of changes to its 2015 broadcast team.
Andre Knott will be joining the team as its reporter. The Beacon Journal's George Thomas has the full story on Knott here. Knott has been a regular on WTAM and with Browns coverage for quite some time in the area. He also co-hosts The A to Z Podcast with Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.
Former Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis, who last year was used for select home games as a co-host for Indians Live pre- and post-game shows, will be much more visible as an every-day analyst for all Indians Live broadcasts.To read more or comment...
If you love voting for your favorite players to be in the All-Star Game every summer, you better be at least a little tech savvy.
Major League Baseball announced that it is going to an online-only balloting system, doing away with the paper ballots available at stadiums (and the hanging chads that come with them).
Bob Bowman, MLB's president for business and media, said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News that online voting accounted for more than 80 percent of last season’s ballots and that 16 million paper ballots went unused.
Baseball is simply following suit with the other major sports leagues in the U.S. This is just the next thing to enter the online world. Even if nostalgia, for a lot of people, is taking a hit.
AL East injuries
The American League East hasn’t had a great 48 hours in terms of injuries to some of its top players.
New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has an oblique injury that could keep him out of the Opening Day lineup.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, too, has seen his Opening Day status put into doubt. Wieters has been recovering from Tommy John Surgery and is now being held out of the lineup with elbow tendinitis. He’ll sit for a few days and will likely return as a designated hitter, but how his arm is holding up behind home plate later this month will determine when he starts the regular season.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb won’t be ready for Opening Day, as he has tendinitis in his right forearm. Per reports, Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman is hopeful Cobb can return in mid-to-late April. Cobb was likely slated to start Opening Day.
Cleveland Indians outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher is making progress in his rehab from surgeries on both knees.
Swisher was able to run the bases for the first time this week. Indians manager Terry Francona said it wasn't the last step, but it was a big step for Swisher.
Francona recently raved about the progress of outfielder Brandon Moss and how he was able to decelerate and run the bases. That same kind of ability to decelerate, stop and then go again is what he's looking for with Swisher.To read more or comment...
Former Cleveland Indians great Al Rosen passed away Friday night, per a release from the team.
He was 91 years old.
Rosen played all 10 years of his MLB career with the Indians from (1947-1956). He won the American League MVP, the last Indians player to do so, in 1953, hitting .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBI. He narrowly missed the triple crown.To read more or comment...