Cleveland Indians — as of April 14, 2017

2017/04/15

Up:

     Abraham Almonte, OF: April 13 – With Lonnie Chisenhall on the DL and slow starts from Tyler Naquin and Austin Jackson, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games to date. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, there should be some changes to this arrangement, with Almonte likely to share playing time in CF with Jackson for now.

     Brandon Guyer, OF: April 13 – With Lonnie Chisenhall on the DL and slow starts from Tyler Naquin and Austin Jackson, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games to date. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, there should be some changes to this arrangement. Chisenhall will probably get most of the playing time in RF, with Guyer serving as his backup. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that it looks like Carlos Santana will switch to RF when the Indians are playing in National League parks and the team can’t use him at DH. Santana started all three NL games in RF to date.

     Yandy Diaz, 3B: April 13 – During Jason Kipnis’ stint on the DL, Diaz has started every game at 3B, with Jose Ramirez switching to 2B. That will probably continue until Kipnis returns to the lineup around the end of April.

Down:

     Austin Jackson, OF: April 13 – To date, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, Jackson could see even less playing time, perhaps sharing time in CF with Almonte. On the other hand, Tyler Naquin’s recent demotion may provide some additional opportunities for both Jackson and Almonte.

     Lonnie Chisenhall, OF: April 13 – Lonnie Chisenhall has spent most of the first part of the schedule so far on the DL with shoulder problems and just joined the team on April 13. He’ll probably get most of the playing time in RF going forward, with Guyer serving as his backup. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that it looks like Carlos Santana will switch to RF when the Indians are playing in National League parks and the team can’t use him at DH. Santana started all three NL games in RF to date.

 In:

No one.

Out:

     Jason Kipnis, 2B: Apr 2 – 12:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Indians placed 2B Jason Kipnis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Kipnis battled shoulder soreness all camp, although he said that he recently “turned a corner” in his recovery. Still, he could very well miss most, if not all, of April. The Indians will shift Jose Ramirez over to second base and install Yandy Diaz at third until Kipnis is ready.

     Apr 7 – 7:28 PM — Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Sunday.

Kipnis is slated to serve as the designated hitter on Sunday and play second base on Monday. The veteran claims that his right shoulder is feeling fine and is making tangible progress toward a return to the Indians’ lineup. Barring any setbacks, there’s a chance that we could see him back with the big league club before the end of April.

     Apr 12 – 8:08 PM — Jason Kipnis (shoulder) was pulled from a rehab game Wednesday at Double-A Akron after being hit in the left hand by a pitch.

Kipnis was lifted as a precautionary measure, so unless this turns out to be more serious than initially thought, it should not set him back too far. He has been on the shelf since March 30 due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff, but could rejoin the Indians by the end of the month assuming there are no further setbacks.

     Tyler Naquin, OF: April 12 – Due to slow start and the scheduled return of Lonnie Chisenhall from the DL, the Indians decided to send sophomore Tyler Naquin to the minors.

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