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Indians in-game update: White Sox defeats Tribe 4-1

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

CLEVELAND: Indians right-handed starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday night’s game with the Chicago White Sox in the first inning after just two batters.

Adam Eaton led off the game with a single and Melky Cabrera followed with single up the middle that hit Carrasco in the face. The ball appeared to deflect off Carrasco’s wrist or glove and then catch him in the face. Indians manager Terry Francona came to the mound with other players and medical staff.

Carrasco was laying face down on Progressive Field for a few minutes before he was able to stand up and walk to a cart that took him off the field. There was no blood on the field. He was rubbing the left side of his face as he left the field.

There has not been an update from the Indians on Carrasco's status.

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Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov set to throw out first pitch at Indians game

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's Indians baseball game with the Chicago White Sox.

The game is set to start at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Mozgov is in a Cavaliers starting lineup that includes LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love.

Indians manager Terry Francona and bench coach Brad Mills attended the Cavaliers victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Indians sign pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

The Indians announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract.

Indians manager Terry Francona said the signing of Ryan Webb on Monday and Chacin on Tuesday to minor league contracts are moves to add depth to their pitching staff.

“Between Webb and Chacin, we’re trying to add some depth,” Francona said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen, but in the first week we have already had several things happen, and you don’t want to start dipping into maybe younger kids that aren’t ready.”

Francona is hoping a change of scenery can help Webb and Chacin be successful with the Tribe.

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Indians promote Brett Hayes, designate Shaun Marcum for assignment

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

The Indians purchased the contract of catcher Brett Hayes on Tuesday from the Class-AAA Columbus Clippers and designated right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum for assignment.

Hayes, 31, will serve as the Tribe’s backup catcher to Roberto Perez while Yan Gomes is out with a knee injury.

“I am here just like all these other guys, to help this team win whenever your name is called,” Hayes said.

Hayes said he was able to get to know Indians pitchers during Spring Training. Hayes played in 175 games in the Major Leagues between 2009-2014 for the Marlins and the Royals.

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Indians: Brantley not in Tuesday lineup, Francona hopes all-star returns soon

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

CLEVELAND: All-star outfielder Michael Brantley participated with the Indians in pre-game drills Tuesday, but was not in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to work through back spasms that have bothered him.

Brantley took batting practice and Indians manager Terry Francona said he is hopeful he can return to the lineup soon.

“He did really well yesterday,” Francona said. “He came out and worked out. He is going to go out with us and go through the full day today, and I think he is really trending in a good way.”

Francona said he is unsure when he will return to the lineup, but he is optimistic he will return to a game soon.

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Tigers 8, Indians 5: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

The scene at Progressive Field on Sunday was sad, ironic and didn't bode well for the rest of the season.

In a pre-game ceremony, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley received their 2014 Silver Slugger Awards. Gomes was on crutches, Brantley sidelined for the fourth game in five days with lower back stiffness.

Catcher Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered Saturday. Gomes is the Indians' quarterback on the field and one of their best clubhouse leaders. He's the one who teaches the young players to put team-first, if a clubhouse retort I saw to Trevor Bauer last year was any indication. He's a true professional and all business, at least during the time we're allowed an inside look. He seemed headed for the All-Star Game this year.

Left fielder Brantley has a back problem that has bothered him since spring training. Manager Terry Francona admitted that the Tribe's training staff would use Monday's off day to get more information from outside specialists about Brantley's issue. Brantley downplayed the problem before the Indians' home opener Friday, yet Francona said Saturday he regretted letting Brantley play.

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Cabrera powers Tigers past Indians, 8-5

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 4 with two home runs and 4 RBI as the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series with an 8-5 victory over the Indians Sunday at Progressive Field.

Cabrera also had a double, scored three runs and was intentionally walked once for the Tigers, who improved to 6-0. T.J. House (0-1, 40.50) lasted just 11/3 innings, his shortest career start for the Tribe.

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Indians' catcher Yan Gomes to miss 6-8 weeks with MCL sprain

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

Indians catcher Yan Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the team announced.

Gomes was injured on a force play at the plate in the ninth inning of Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.

The timetable for Gomes' return would put him back at the earliest around May 25, the start of a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers.  Eight weeks would mean about June 9, the beginning of a three-game home series against the Seattle Mariners.

Before facing the Tigers in the season finale Sunday, the Indians put Gomes on the 15-day disabled list. In his pre-game press conference, manager Terry Francona hinted  the Indians would be without Gomes for a lot longer than that.

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