The Indians are finally back at full strength! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Ivan Nova likely headed for Tommy John surgery, news on the Tigers and their plans at shortstop, Torii Hunter talked retirement, and more.
Four Trenton pitchers combined on a three-hitter against the Akron RubberDucks Monday night, as the Thunder claimed a 5-2 victory in the opening game of a four-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Lefty Jeremy Bleich (2-2), whom the RubberDucks beat last Wednesday at Canal Park, earned the win, tossing 5 1/3 innings, and allowing just a pair of singles and two unearned runs. Bleich walked two and struck out four. He retired the side in order three times.
Jose Ramirez blasted two home runs as the Columbus Clippers beat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-4 Monday night. While Columbus still sits at the bottom of the division, the win snapped a three-game losing streak. Overall the Clippers are off to a slow start, but continued offensive outings like that of Ramirez should improve their fortunes.
After going up early, the Lake County Captains lost to the Lansing Lugnuts Monday, 7-6. A run in the top of the first inning led to a short-lived advantage, but Lansing tied it up in the bottom half. Erac Haase homered and scored three runs, but it wasn't enough for the Captains to come out on top.
After dropping the first game 4-3, the Carolina Mudcats took the second of a doubleheader from the Frederick Keys, 2-1. A wild sixth inning, including a hotly contested balk call, led to the win for Carolina. Mudcats' shortstop Erik Gonzalez had a strong day and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
In today's Tribe Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the struggles that both Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar have had in the early going and when a change may be needed with one or both of them. He also takes a look at the surprising defensive struggles of Yan Gomes, talks about Jason Giambi's activation and so much more.
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List posts every Monday and showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today's listing looks at players such as Trevor Bauer, Erik Gonzalez, Robbie Aviles, Anthony Santander, D.J. Brown and many others.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated designated hitter Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster they have optioned right-handed pitcher Blake Wood to Triple-A Columbus.
The Indians have been in a kind of funk where they needed a game where almost everything clicked to help them relax and breathe easier. On Sunday, the pitching still had some issues, but the offense worked pitch counts, drew walks, got on base and, most importantly, didn't try to do too much with runners in scoring position. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps a big Easter Sunday win.
In the first weekly installment of Inside the Wigwam, "The Birdman" Tribe IBI beat reporter Jim Berdysz questions the Indians rush to activate Michael Bourn from the disabled list and the demotion of Nyjer Morgan. He will also share some News and Notes surrounding the club and give his "Final Call" on a rough week of baseball.
It was a light schedule on Sunday around the Indians minor league system because of Easter Sunday, but one team that was in action was High-A Carolina and they had several very impressive performances on the day. Join the IBI's Tony Lastoria as he takes us Around the Farm to talk about the impressive showing to date of Shawn Morimando and more.
Shawn Morimando looked stout over six innings as the Carolina Mudcats beat the Frederick Keys 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Alex Monsalve drove in a season-high three runs and the Mudcats (9-7) snapped the Keys’ winning streak at four games.
There should be a roster move to talk about on Monday for the Indians. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the latest elbow injury suffered by Ivan Nova, the Twins adding a new outfielder, and more.
Like the day itself, Sunday could be the day that resurrected the Indians season. Trailing the Blue Jays 4-2 in the sixth, David Murphy lifted the Tribe past Toronto with a bases clearing three-run double, as the team held on win, 6-4. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action from the ballpark.
The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!