The Indians made the expected move of promoting starter Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to assume the fifth spot in the rotation, beginning with a start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the other side of the transaction that came as a bit of a surprise.
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Dave Garcia, whose 65 years in professional baseball included a four-season tenure as the Indians' manager, passed away this week in San Diego at the age of 97.
Right-hander Adam Plutko (1-0, 3.68 ERA) will come up from Triple-A Columbus to assume the fifth spot in the rotation for tonight's 8:05 p.m. ET MLB Network Showcase game against the Cubs, the finale of the two-game set at Wrigley Field. In seven starts at Triple-A this year, Plutko posted a 2.25 ERA in 44 innings. Chicago will counter with left-hander Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52).
Jose Ramirez's 14th home run -- a three-run shot -- Yonder Alonso's three-run double and Chicago native Jason Kipnis' two-run single provided monumental support for Trevor Bauer, who tossed six scoreless innings in the Indians' romp at Wrigley Field. Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood walked six and exited in a four-run third and Mike Montgomery allowed six more runs before Ian Happ's ninth-inning homer prevented a shutout.
Josh Tomlin was not surprised when Indians manager Terry Francona decided it was time to move the pitcher to the bullpen. Tomlin was given nearly two months of the season to regain his footing on the mound, and the starter's struggles persisted throughout his series of adjustments.
Should Josh Tomlin stay in the bullpen permanently? Indians fans are curious in the latest Inbox.
Carlos Carrasco came into Sunday night's game having never allowed a run at Minute Maid Park over 15 1/3 innings in two starts. The Astros finally got to the Indians right-hander. Brian McCann's two-run homer in the seventh inning was the decisive blow as the Indians lost, 3-1, in the rubber match of the three-game series.
Who do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
The Indians added outfield depth to their roster, calling up veteran Melky Cabrera on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cabrera, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in late April, was slated to start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Bauer makes ridiculous behind-the-back catch
Corey Kluber struck out 10 over seven sharp innings to move into fifth place on the Indians' all-time strikeout list. Michael Brantley homered in Cleveland's three-run first inning off Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, and Yan Gomes added another Tribe blast in the sixth. Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez went deep for the Astros in the losing effort.
Andrew Miller, one of the cogs of the back end of the Indians' bullpen, was not available during Saturday's game in Houston due to back stiffness. The left-hander felt it lock up on him Friday after he went through his normal pregame routine, though he can't pinpoint any particular movement that caused the stiffness.
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer's recent actions suggest he's trying to move past his social-media-based flap with the Astros. His manager also took his own actions recently in an effort to put any lingering controversies to rest, through less public measures.
No. 1 fan joins Kipnis for postgame interview
Mike Clevinger's streak of well-pitched games against the Astros is still intact, but unfortunately for the Indians, his effort Friday night at Minute Maid Park wasn't enough to lead his team to a win.
The Indians have two scheduled off-days within four days of each other, which gives manager Terry Francona a couple of options with his starting rotation in the next week.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
Lindor battles Orbit in lightsaber duel
Bauer donates to McCullers' charity post-spat
The first quarter of the 2018 season has featured the Indians and Twins jousting for the top spot in the American League Central, as many expected. No team in the division having a record above .500 is more of a surprise. Here's what we know overall about the five AL Central squads at the season's quarter mark.
During the Tribe's series in the Motor City, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti sat down for a wide-ranging session, addressing the bullpen -- which has an MLB-high 5.68 ERA through the season's first quarter -- the team's approach to fixing the problem and whether Danny Salazar might be an option in the second half.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Indians ace Trevor Bauer logged eight shutout innings, piled up 10 strikeouts, issued no walks and scattered four hits to help Cleveland's bullpen avoid another mishap during a 6-0 win against the Tigers. Detroit advanced just one hitter into scoring position in the loss.
On Wednesday, the Indians announced veteran Matt Belisle had re-signed the the club via Minor League contract and will report to Triple-A Columbus, where the righty will offer another layer of bullpen depth. That was good news in the eyes of Indians manager Terry Francona, who compared cutting ties with Belisle on May 2 to being kicked in the stomach.
Bradley Zimmer made his way to manager Terry Francona's office in Comerica Park on Monday night. The time had come to decide whether a trip to the disabled list was in the best interest of Zimmer and the team.
On Tuesday night against the Tigers, the Indians' bullpen issues persisted in a 9-8 loss, which featured a five-run outburst by Detroit in the seventh against Andrew Miller and Dan Otero.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced that Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will be honored with the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award at the 19th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on Nov. 8 at Capitale.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing Mariners left-hander James Paxton and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as the American League co-Players of the Week and the Reds' Scooter Gennett as the National League Player of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.
Jose Ramirez made people take notice last year when he finished in the top three in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. The Indians' third baseman is demanding attention once again.
Three years ago to the day, Corey Kluber had a chance at setting the Major League mark of 21 strikeouts, but the Indians ace, who had thrown 113 pitches through eight innings, opted to hand it over to the 'pen.
Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez finished a combined 5-for-7, with a pair of doubles and a home run, to help the Tribe claim the rubber match against the Royals, 11-2. The pair also scored three runs and knocked in four, helping Corey Kluber cruise to his sixth win. Michael Brantley added a 2-run blast, and Yan Gomes also hit a 3-run homer -- part of a 4-hit afternoon.
Indians fan Jennifer Buckland never imagined she would become an Honorary Bat Girl for the Tribe, let alone throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Progressive Field on Mother's Day before the series finale against the Royals. The 43-year-old mother of two from Willoughby, Ohio, also never imagined she would fight for her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Lindor went to the plate with the wrong gear