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  • Jose Ramirez back to taking BP as he eyes early return "The rumors have started to spread that José Ramírez could be back with the Tribe as early as next week in Chicago, but manager Terry Francona isn’t ready to reveal any expectations. The Indians' third baseman underwent surgery on the hamate bone in..." September 20

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list? "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Jason Kipnis expected to have season-ending surgery on fractured hand

    Cleveland 19 " The injuries continue to pile up as the Cleveland Indians continue a crucial stretch towards the end of the regular season. The team announced that second baseman Jason Kipnis was diagnosed on Monday with a fractured hamate bone in his hand and will require..." September 17

  • Jason Kipnis to undergo MRI on right wrist "The Indians hoped that giving second baseman Jason Kipnis three full days of rest after he aggravated the tendinitis in his right wrist on Aug. 31 against the Rays would allow him to finish out the rest of the season pain-free. That didn’t prove to be the case. In his..." September 16

  • Cleveland Indians Fan Drops The ‘People’s Elbow’ During Fight In Stands

    Total Pro Sports "Fans behaving badly at stadiums. It’s a time honored tradition. On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians were taking on the Minnesota Twins on the field, but way up in the cheap seats, there was a battle brewing. " September 15

  • Indians To Recall Bradley Zimmer

    Yardbarker "The Indians are “expected” to recall outfielder Bradley Zimmer from Triple-A Columbus, tweets Zack Meisel of The Athletic. He’ll join righty James Karinchak as a late September call-up for an Indians club that is hosting the..." September 14

  • Marlins Claim Josh Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Miami Marlins have claimed left-handed pitcher Josh Smith off waivers from the Indians., per an official team announcement. The 29-year-old Smith, who made eight appearances for the Indians this year, will join his new team on Monday, while infielder JT Riddle has been..." September 14

  • Indians Designate Josh Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have designated lefty Josh Smith for assignment, per’s Mandy Bell (via Twitter). That’s the corresponding move for the club’s already announced promotion of James Karinchak. " September 13

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Indians To Promote James Karinchak

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Terry Francona is a matchup manager when it comes to the bullpen. Now he’s going to have to lean on that strategy more than ever with closer Brad Hand sidelined because of a tired left arm. The Indians, to help Francona do that, will promote hard-throwing right-hander James..." September 12

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Indians Activate Jefry Rodriguez, Transfer Danny Salazar To 60-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Friday that they’ve reinstated right-hander Jefry Rodriguezfrom the 60-day injured list. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, Cleveland has transferred fellow right-hander Danny Salazar from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. The move..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • Francisco Lindor Pledges Donation to Cancer Research in Touching Instagram Post for Carlos Carrasco

    12 Up "Everyone needs a teammate like Francisco Lindor. The Cleveland Indians star loves the game and makes sure he has a smile on his face as often as possible for the cameras to see. And let's not forget the unwavering support he has for those close to him, which he showed during the..." September 03

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • Indians' Carlos Carrasco to Donate $200 Per Strikeout to Cancer Research

    WKYC "On Sunday, Carlos Carrasco made his highly anticipated return to the big leagues. And it's not just batters the Cleveland Indians pitcher is looking to 'punchout.' One day after Carrasco pitched in his first Major League game since being diagnosed with leukemia..." September 03

  • 4 Biggest X-Factors in AL Wild Card Race

    12 Up "Let's face it: there are only four teams left in the AL Wild Card Race, including the ones in the playoff picture right now: the Rays, Indians, A's, and the Red Sox. Every other AL team not leading its division is at least 12 1/2 games out of the second wild card...." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Indians Designate Jon Edwards

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have designated right-hander Jon Edwards for assignment, tweets Zack Meisel of the Athletic. Further, right-hander A.J. Cole and outfielder Tyler Naquin have been placed on the 60-day injured list. Those moves clear the three 40-man spaces necessary for today’s..." September 01

  • Out since May after leukemia diagnosis, Indians activate right-hander Carlos Carrasco

    Yardbarker "In heartwarming news, the Indians announced they have activated right-hander Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list. The club also activated right-handed reliever Dan Otero. It has been a difficult season for Carrasco, who was shut down indefinitely in May after being diagnosed..." September 01

  • Tyler Naquin Removed From Game On Cart "Tyler Naquin set off on a dead sprint to the warning track in left field at Tropicana Field on Friday night. All eyes were on him as he planted, pushed off and crashed into the half-wall to snag a deep fly ball and rob Joey Wendle of an RBI and extra bases in the fifth inning. The joy..." August 31

  • Indians Activate & Option Bradley Zimmer, Designate Jordan Stephens

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced that outfielder Bradley Zimmer has been activated from the 60-day injured list. He was optioned down to Triple-A, where had been playing on a rehab assignment. To create a 40-man roster opening, the Cleveland organization designated righty Jordan Stephens for..." August 31

  • Tyler Naquin to miss remainder of season with torn ACL

    Let's Go Tribe "The Cleveland Indians have revealed that outfielder Tyler Naquin has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. They have called Jake Bauers to replace him on the 25-man roster, though 40-man roster expansions are less than 24 hours away so we’ll likely see Bradley Zimmer get..." August 31

  • Indians Sign Ryan Lavarnway

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Friday that they’ve signed veteran catcher Ryan Lavarnwayto a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. Lavarnway, 32, appeared in five games with the Reds this summer amid a series of injuries to Cincinnati’s catching corps,..." August 30

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • Tribe plans to activate Carlos Carrasco on Sunday "The Indians plan to activate right-hander Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list on Sunday, manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio. The 32-year-old Carrasco has been out of Major League action since late May, when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He has made three rehab..." August 28

  • 15 former MLB players who are still playing professional baseball, including Brandon Phillips and Carlos Zambrano

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention..." August 28

  • Each MLB Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball offseason will be here before anyone knows it. And because this winter's crop of free agents looks relatively weak, trades could be all the rage. We've speculated on the most likely player on each team to be traded during the 2019-2020 offseason. We..." August 28

  • Justin Bieber spotted wearing 'Not Shane Bieber' Indians jersey

    Sportsnaut "The bromance blossoming between Justin Bieber and Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber continues to bear delicious and fragrant fruit. Shane Bieber recently called out Topps over a baseball card faux pas in which the company hilariously called him “Justin.” From..." August 28

  • Royals Owner David Glass in Talks to Sell Team to Indians Vice Chairman

    Bleacher Report "David Glass' tenure as owner of the Kansas City Royals could be coming to an end in the near future.  Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark, Glass has discussed selling the franchise to a group that includes Cleveland Indians minority investor and vice..." August 27

  • 10 injured players who could impact playoff races with September returns, including Luis Severino and Tyler Glasnow

    CBS Sports "This coming Sunday is Sept. 1, which is the day teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players up to 40 players. The September call-up rules will change next year -- teams will only be able to carry up to 28 players -- but, for now, they are the same as always. Up to 40 active players..." August 27

  • Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez out 5 to 7 weeks following hand surgery

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians will play the remaining 31 games in the regular season without the services of third baseman Jose Ramirez. Ramirez underwent surgery Monday to have the hamate bone removed from his right hand and will miss the next five to seven weeks. The Indians regular season ends on..." August 27

  • 6 MLB September Series With Big Postseason Implications

    The Big Lead "The air may be cooling, but MLB’s playoff races are blazing toward the finish. It’s a shame kids are headed back to school, because there are several big matchups in September that will wind up determining the league’s eight-squad postseason. Put the kids to bed..." August 27

  • Danny Salazar back from exile and 2 other things about the Cleveland Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Danny Salazar, back from exile, pitched a scoreless inning for Class AA Akron on Monday night in Altoona, Pa. It was his first appearance since an Aug. 1 start against the Astros when he didn’t throw harder than 88 mph and left the game with a strained right groin muscle after four..." August 27

  • Indians' Yasiel Puig winning over teammates following midseason trade

    The Score "Yasiel Puig has made a few friends in the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse since joining the team in a blockbuster deal prior to the trade deadline. The outfielder has a reputation around the league thanks to his exuberant play that, at times, has rubbed some players the..." August 26

  • Holy hell, the MLB players weekend uniforms are terrible

    SB Nation "It’s players’ weekend across Major League Baseball, with every player on every team getting to express themselves in several ways, from the nicknames on their backs to the custom shoes on their feet. It’s just too bad they are all wearing pajamas while on the..." August 26

  • Trevor Bauer: ‘I don’t really miss a whole lot about Cleveland’

    Hardball Talk "Reds starter Trevor Bauer has struggled in four starts with the Reds since the Indians dealt him on July 31. Entering Sunday, the right-hander allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 23 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts in 23 innings. That’s an ugly 5.87..." August 26

  • Jose Ramirez has fractured hamate bone in right hand, heading to 10-day injured list

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians infielder Jose Ramirez fractured the hamate bone in his right hand Saturday when he swung and fouled the third pitch he saw from Kansas City’s Glenn Sparkman in his first-inning at-bat. On the season, Ramirez is batting .254 with 65 runs, 33 doubles, 20 home runs and 75..." August 25

  • Oliver Perez’s 2020 Option Vests

    MLB Trade Rumors "Oliver Pérez came on in the sixth inning of yesterday’s Indians game to strike out Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn. In the process, he locked in $2.75MM, as Zack Meisel of the Athletic points out (via Twitter). Cleveland’s biggest signee of this past..." August 25

  • Jose Ramirez Removed From Game, Undergoes MRI "The Indians were examining the severity of a right wrist injury that forced José Ramírez to leave Saturday night’s 4-2 win over the Royals in the middle of his first-inning plate appearance. Ramirez, who doubled over in pain after foul-tipping a 2-0 fastball from..." August 25