Kluber threw six shutout innings, though that felt like a disappointment compared with the gems his thrown of late. But thanks to home runs from Jose Ramirez (his first MLB clout) and Michael Brantley and three shutout innings from the three back-end relievers (Atchison/Shaw/Allen), the Indians looked like a good team yesterday. Unfortunately, of late they'll looking like a good team once every five days.
To this point, the Indians have gone through the season with just a couple injured players at a time. But now it seems like they're getting hit with multiple injuries at once, especially if you include the nagging types of injuries like Yan Gomes' neck and Michael Brantley's legs. Yesterday the Indians, who were already thin in the outfield, lost both David Murphy and Nick Swisher. Murphy had been battling a sore side for a while now, but he left after it flared up more than usual. Swisher, who has been playing the outfield of late because of the series in Cincinnati (no DH) and allowing Francona to give a nicked up player a semi-day off. But it has become very apparent that Swisher cannot play the outfield for more than a day or two at a time. This time Swisher was removed because of a sore knee.
With an off-day on Monday (and another one on Thursday), the Indians could try to get by tomorrow to see if either Murphy or Swisher can avoid the Disabled List. There are three off-days over the next nine days, which should help the nagging injuries. But Murphy's injury could mean that he has a dreaded oblique strain, and that would definitely mean a trip to the DL. Tyler Holt would likely be the player recalled in case either (or both) required more than a couple days to recover.
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(note: this was prepared Saturday evening, so it wouldn't reflect any moves the Indians make before Sunday afternoon's game)
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The Tigers just haven't been hitting as of late. They lost 3 of 4 in New York, and after today's bullpen meltdown are just 1.5 games ahead of the....
...Royals, who now would be the second Wild Card team should the season end today.
No, Terry Ryan didn't write this column, but it's enjoyable just the same.
Yes, it's exactly as bad as you would think.