INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bourn activated from DL, Morgan optioned to Columbus

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus. Bourn has been on the 15-Day disabled list since March 30 after injuring his left hamstring on March 16 vs. the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, AZ.  He appeared in five games on a rehab assignment...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians activate Michael Bourn, send down Nyger Morgan

The Indians today activated OF Michael Bourn from the 15-Day DL and optioned OF Nyjer Morgan to AAA Columbus. The move comes as a bit of a surprise because of Morgan’s success early in the season for the Indians. In nine games, Morgan has a .348 batting average and an OPS of .832. He is third on the team in walks with 7 and tied for the team lead in stolen bases. In the end, it...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians, Tigers set for first meeting of the season

The Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game string of poor starts by their pitchers, but couldn't find enough offense to protect against a late bullpen collapse. In Tuesday night's opener against the Detroit Tigers, Zach McAllister draws the tough task of opposing Anibal Sanchez, who looks to continue his dominance over the Indians. Cleveland (6-7) had three straight starters...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Hoping to Draw Fans with New Bacon-Wrapped, Deep-Fried Outfielder

The Cleveland Indians have debuted a new player the organization hopes will boost the organization’s stagnant attendance, a bacon-wrapped outfielder that can run, catch and hit while also smelling like delicious bacon. “There’s an element of people who come to a MLB ballpark just because they love baseball,” said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. “We have those fans...
Via Sports Pickle
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: April 14, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, Triple-A Columbus was rained out on Monday night. Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-5, 3 K, 4 E. Nope, that is not a typo. Paulino had four errors on the night, though...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Issues starting to surface two weeks in

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook…. Note, things are finally back to normal here at the IBI. This column had to go on the shelf for a few weeks while I feverishly worked to finish the new 2014 prospect book in between three baseball trips and the start of the season. This should once again be a regular Monday column, plus you will also begin to see many of...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco, Reliever of the Future

Carlos Carrasco decided to do something a little different his last time out. Instead of warming up in the bullpen prior to the start of the game and heading into the dugout before first pitch, Carrasco came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the first as if he didn’t know he was starting and had been called in at the last minute. The purpose of this was psychological as Carrasco...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carrasco Running Out of Options

It’s still early in the season, but for Carlos Carrasco it seems to be getting late quick.  After Friday’s start in Chicago, where he allowed five runs in four and two-third innings, Indians manager Terry Francona announced the next day ... Read More

Three up and three down: Indians and White Sox series

The Indians have played two series against division opponents. Even though we haven't reached the 10 percent mark of the season yet, the fact that they have dropped both is not a good start. Sunday in Chicago the Tribe took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth before John Axford gave up a two-run, walk-off homer to Alexei Ramirez. After coming in with a 14-game winning streak...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Lindor’s hot start includes game winner for Akron

Cleveland uber-prospect Francisco Lindor is having a good start to the AA season for Akron, hitting safely in eight of the Rubberducks nine games. He has a double, a triple and a pair of home runs to go with seven RBI. One of those homers came in the bottom of the 13th inning on Friday night for a walk-off winner.
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The El Paso Chihuahuas pulled off an unreal prank on Jeff Francoeur

MLB veteran Jeff Francoeur is now a member of the Padres AAA affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. Francoeur’s El Paso teammates decided to concoct an elaborate prank, creating the illusion that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. Of course, Franceour bought into the prank hook, line, and sinker, and believed Reyes was deaf for an entire month before the big reveal. This is just hilarious...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jeff Francoeur victim of great prank by teammates

Clubhouse pranks are as much of a part of baseball as peanuts and Cracker Jack and as far as this one goes…it’s a winner. Late in Spring Training, veteran Jeff Francoeur was released by the Cleveland Indians and, just days later, signed by the San Diego Padres and assigned to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.  Up until recently, the outfielder’s teammates had him...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox broadcaster refers to pitcher's 'typical Asian motion'

Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is best known for being a huge homer and not for delivering play-by-play with the type of tact that legends like Vin Scully display. So it’s probably not too surprising to hear the poor phrasing he used when talking about Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Lee is a relief […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Lineup Card: Countdown to Bourn, Kipnis coming home and Pestano's last chance?

CLEVELAND -- The lineup card is back with another collection of random thoughts, statistics and musings now that the Indians have completed their first homestand and embarked on a seven-game road trip against division rivals Chicago and Detroit: LEADING OFF -- The Bourn Countdown Outfielder Michael Bourn was in the clubhouse after Wednesday's doubleheader and said that he would...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians demote Vinnie Pestano, Recall C.C. Lee

The struggle continues for Cleveland Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano. His fall from being one of the best setup men in baseball also continues on its ugly plummet. On Tuesday, Pestano was tagged in the ninth inning of a 8-6 win over San Diego. He came in with the game in blowout mode for the Tribe with a 8-3 advantage. Pestano left the game with two outs in the ninth and the tying...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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