Cleveland Indians news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:08:12 -0700
Cleveland Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher (knees) added sliding on a mat to his rehab program, after he did a round of baserunning drills Wednesday, March 25. He was scheduled to receive minor league at-bats Thursday, March 26.
Fantasy Tip: Swisher ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) won't be ready for opening day, so he isn't a FantasyScore option to start the season. In seasonal formats, Swisher is a late-round flier in deep mixed leagues. There is potential he'll rebound after regressing in consecutive seasons, but at his age don't expect a full bounce back to his career averages. Playing time could be an issue, too, especially if he struggles early.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:59:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Continue to check back for updates on Kipnis ($5,900, 11.8% of cap) leading up to opening day. He is an intriguing fantasy commodity with five-category upside and plays a position which lacks high-end talent. Still, the injuries have followed Kipnis around over the past season, so health is a concern. Prior to the back spasms, Kipnis was a popular bounce-back candidate, and as long as there are no lingering back issues, he remains an upside pick in the middle rounds. Take a wait-and-see approach in FantasyScore contests, as Kipnis' price is steep.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:48:24 -0700
Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, March 26, and he will start the season with Triple-A Columbus. Lindor had a slash line of .297/.308/.592 with two home runs, a triple and three doubles in 16 Cactus League game this spring. SS Jose Ramirez, 22, is expected to hold down shortstop duties until Lindor is ready.
Fantasy Tip: Lindor is MLB.com's No. 4 prospect in 2015. He shouldn't be drafted in standard mixed leagues, but he should definitely be on the radar of those in AL-only and keeper leagues.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:03:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Thanks to a breakout 2014 season (.327 average with 20 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 97 RBI), Brantley is a top-end fantasy outfielder, and he ranks eighth on our list. If you want him, you'll have to take him in the early rounds of standard leagues.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:10:26 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco lasted 5 2/3 innings in his recent minor league spring game start Tuesday, March 24, striking out 10 batters with only one hit allowed. He also was hitting between 95-97 mph with his fastball.
Fantasy Tip: Carrasco appears to be a lot more confident, and noted his location and array of pitches were all going well. He could be a nice rebound fantasy candidate if he can pick up where he left off at the end of last season.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:09:35 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Bruce Chen is open to an assignment to Triple-A Columbus, according to manager Terry Francona. The skipper informed Chen Tuesday, March 24, that he would not make the opening day roster. The team has given Chen the ability to opt out of his contract if a major league opportunity presents itself with another organization.
Fantasy Tip: Chen might re-surface at some point due to poor performances or if injuries crop up. For now, don't bother with him in any fantasy format, though.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:06:51 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) might return to Cactus League spring game action as soon as Thursday, March 26. "The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow. But, you want to kind of reserve the right to (change your mind), if he needs a day. But I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good," manager Terry Francona said Wednesday, March 25.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Kipnis appears to be at the tail end of this thing. While back injuries can be tricky, hopefully it isn't something that pops back up when the games start counting for real. He will be a top fantasy option at his position thanks to his power.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:28:58 -0700
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) took at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday, March 25, and manager Terry Francona is optimistic that Kipnis will be able to play in a spring game soon. Kipnis has missed the last seven games due to mid-back spasms. "I think he turned a corner," Francona said. "Now, we don't want to overdo it. Sometimes you try to play catch-up and that doesn't make a lot of sense. But a day like today was good for him. He can get a lot of at-bats without having to stand out there for four hours, which is really good."
Fantasy Tip: Kipnis should be ready to go for opening day unless he suffers a setback in the remaining spring games. He should be as good of a second base option at FantasyScore as any for $5,900 (11.8% of cap) in the opening week.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:39:10 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF/DH Brandon Moss will make an appearance at first base before the end of spring training, according to manager Terry Francona. He has played the outfield and served as the designated hitter thus far.
Fantasy Tip: Moss ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) remains an excellent power target in the late middle rounds of drafts. He has averaged over 25 home runs per year over the past three seasons, including 30 in 2013, and last season's second-half slide can be chalked up to a hip injury he has recovered from. There should be huge profit potential, if Moss falls far enough on draft day. He is a worthy FantasyScore play when facing a favorable right-handed pitching matchup, too.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:13:03 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn worked with a track coach this winter to improve his hamstrings. He is currently batting .382 (13-for-34) during spring training, but he is conserving his speed for the regular season. Bourn was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt this spring.
Fantasy Tip: After averaging 86 runs, 51 stolen bases and a .272 batting average annually from 2008 to 2012, Bourn has hit just .260 with 33 stolen bases through 969 at-bats over his past two injury plagued seasons. Entering his age-32 season, there is potential for a slight bounce back, and Bourn will hit atop a potentially strong lineup. He is a nice target to fill out your outfield, especially if you're seeking speed.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:18:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain if Marcum, who has been plagued by injuries for years, will accept an assignment to Triple-A Columbus to provide the organization depth. Whether he stays with the Indians or moves to another organization, it's clear his days of fantasy usefulness are well behind him.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:17:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: You can dump Downs from AL-only fantasy cheat sheets. It's uncertain if he will find work with another organization, but he can be mostly avoided in fantasy until such point.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:17:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Scratch Chen off those AL-only fantasy cheat sheet, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go to Triple-A Columbus and work his way back up at some point this season.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:01:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kipnis was a potential bounce-back candidate, after he dealt with a slew of injuries last season. Now, he is already dealing with back spasms which has the potential to be a lingering issue. It might be wise to resist the urge to reach for Kipnis in drafts. However, there is always the point where the upside far outweighs the risk. Kipnis has the potential to post a five-category return at a position which lacks high-end talent.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:58:42 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF David Murphy (ankle) missed his third consecutive Cactus League spring game Monday, March 23, due to the twisted ankle he suffered in a game Friday, March 20. Murphy said if it were the regular season he could have played.
Fantasy Tip: The Indians are taking it easy with Murphy, and this injury isn't something expected to hinder him into the regular season. He is worth a late-round flier in AL-only leagues as a reserve outfielder/utility option.
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