CLEVELAND: The Indians roster has been sliced up like the last head of lettuce available to the Swedish Chef as he tries to get through the lunch rush.

Eight players — nearly one-third of the active roster — remain on the disabled list. All eight have hit the DL since the middle of July, a little more than a month ago, and four were placed on the DL in the past week in a stretch that might have had the club contemplating new bubble-wrapped uniforms.

Starting pitchers Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin. Relievers Andrew Miller and Boone Logan. Second baseman Jason Kipnis. Outfielders Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall and Abraham Almonte. Two key members to the rotation who had each found their rhythm. Two cogs in the back end of one of the best bullpens in the American League. Two pieces to the everyday lineup. Two outfielders, one of whom (Chisenhall) in the midst of his best offensive season.

That’s a good deal of missing firepower for a club trying to hold off two teams in the divisional race. All teams deal with injuries throughout a grueling 162-game season. But, lately, the Indians quickly went from cruising along with a steady lead to racking up miles on their Cleveland Clinic rewards card.

But, it’s no storm the Indians haven’t previously weathered. Roughly a year ago, the Indians lost Salazar and then Carlos Carrasco in a matter of weeks. And Brantley’s comeback chances were ended. The Indians responded by wrapping up their first divisional title since 2007 and then forcing their way to extra innings of Game 7 in the World Series after being nearly universally picked to lose in all three series they played.

If the Indians are a club capable of adjusting to injuries, they need not have a long-term memory. The rougher road traveled a year ago certainly might take some sting off the next couple weeks.

“I’d say any time you go through that stuff previously, it helps going forward if you go through it again,” closer Cody Allen said. “It could go the opposite direction if we just spiraled out of control last year and didn’t win another game, then you might have some panic set in.”

The real rub is that much of it came just as the Indians had seemingly hit their stride and finally began reaching the expectations of the club. For four months, they were a quality, first-place baseball team, but one that still wasn’t quite clicking like it was clear they could.

Then, they did. And that potential winning stretch that might have put the divisional race away a couple of weeks early was potentially derailed by a rash of injuries that seemed to warrant a new roster move every day.

Now the Indians have to play the balancing game of holding off the rest of the division in September while also trying to ensure that the roster is at its healthiest in October. Part of the reason panic hasn’t set in is that those who have stepped into larger roles have performed well. That list includes Erik Gonzalez, Giovanny Urshela and Yandy Diaz in the infield, Tyler Olson in the bullpen as the lone lefty and Ryan Merritt’s terrific outing in Friday’s win.

“It says that the franchise continues to build around different players — not one player,” Francisco Lindor said. “We’re not a franchise that’s going to be just built around one player that happens to carries us. We’re a franchise that has 25 guys and they’re all going to contribute. They’ve all got a job to do. That’s what [manager] Tito [Francona] emphasizes and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

The depth on the 40-man roster, not just the active 25, has been able to keep the Indians afloat. It’s something they’re counting on now as well. For the next couple of weeks, they don’t have a choice.

“I think that’s the sign of a good club, when you’re winning games consistently, but every single night it’s something different and not dependent on just a couple of guys,” Allen said. “Because if you do, and those guys go down, you’re in for a world of hurt.”

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