Placed SP Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day Disabled List (hamstring)
Reinstated LF Michael Brantley from the 15-day Disabled List
Carrasco's injury wasn't nearly as bad as it initially looked. It didn't involve the knee, and it ended up being only a strain of his hamstring, meaning he'll be out 4-6 weeks and not the entire season (as happened with Philadelphia's Charlie Morton). The Indians are helped in that they have several off days for the first half of Carrasco's absence, but even so, missing one of the best pitchers in the AL is never a good thing for a club, especially one that is going to have to rely on its starting staff.
There was good news on this day, though, as Michael Brantley did return to the lineup. He's only going to be able to play a couple games in a row at first, but even that will be a most welcome addition to an offense that needs a boost, particularly with OBP.
Promoted OF Ka'ai Tom from Extended Spring to Lake County (A-)
Optioned SP Cody Anderson to Columbus (AAA)
Recalled RP Kyle Crockett from Columbus (AAA)
As mentioned before, the Indians have several off days in a short period of time, meaning that they'll only need four starting pitchers for a while. And with Anderson struggling, that allowed the Indians to send him down to work on some mechanical issues. He's throwing with more velocity than last year, but isn't locating as well. And bad location is what's led to Anderson's gopherball proclivities in his first four starts.
Meanwhile Crockett has pitched very well in Columbus, and as it turned out, will be the sole left-hander in the bullpen for the foreseeable future.
Demoted OF Jordan Smith from Columbus (AAA) to Akron (AA)
Promoted RP Robbie Aviles from Lynchburg (A) to Akron (AA)
Promoted RP Luke Eubank from Extended Spring to Lynchburg (A)
Reinstated RP Tommy Hunter from the 15-day Disabled List
Designated RP Ross Detwiler for Assignment
The Indians had two southpaws in the bullpen for the grand total of one day. Detwiler was brought with the hopes that fixing a mechanical flaw would turn him into a key bullpen asset, and was thought to be just as effective against right-handed batters as left-handers. Neither turned out to be the case.
Hunter should initially be a seventh inning guy, and if needed, possibly pitch in some eighth inning setup situations. So far the front end of the bullpen (aside from Detwiler) hasn't been an issue, and perhaps that will lead Terry Francona to be more flexible with his choices in close and late situations.
Promoted SS Eric Stamets from Akron (AA) to Columbus (AAA)
Demoted RP Perci Garner from Columbus (AAA) to Akron (AA)
AAA: Reinstated SP Felipe Paulino from the Disabled List
AAA: Reinstated OF Michael Choice from the Disabled List
AA: Reinstated C Eric Haase from the Disabled List
AA: Placed IF Yhoxian Medina on the Disabled List (right quad)
AA: Placed SP Dace Kime on the Disabled List (right calf)
Released OF Anthony Gallas from Akron (AA)
A bunch of roster moves in the high minors. The big move here is the return of Eric Haase from the DL. Haase should get most of the playing time in Akron, though the way Jeremy Lucas is hitting (.296/.415/.537 in his first 16 games), perhaps it will be more of a 60/40 share than the usual starter/backup ratio.
AAA: Placed RP Jordan Cooper on the Disabled List (groin)
Placed C Roberto Perez on the 15-day Disabled List (right thumb)
Purchased the contract of C Adam Moore and recalled him from Columbus (AAA)
Perez's great play to nab Odubel Herrera at the plate came at a price. Perez would actually finish the game, but a sore thumb turned out to be an injured thumb. We'll know the full extent of the injury at some point today; let's hope the recovery time is weeks rather than months. Perez hadn't gotten any hits but had walked 6 times in his first 15 Plate Appearances, resulting in a rather unique .000/.400/.000/.400 batting line. Adam Moore, who replaces him as the backup catcher, has made an appearance in an MLB game each of the last seven years, but hasn't appeared in 10 or more games since 2010. Here's hoping the Indians won't need him to play more than 10 games in 2016.
Outrighted RP Ross Detwiler to Columbus (AAA)
Detwiler did clear waivers, and did accept his assignment, so he'll stay in the organization.
AAA: Reinstated C Alex Lavisky from the Disabled List
With Moore in Cleveland, a space opened up for Lavisky, at least temporarily. It hasn't shown up on the transaction wire yet, but the team has announced that they've signed Luke Carlin to a minor-league deal, and will presumably report to Columbus.
A-: Placed RP Cortland Cox on the Disabled List
Promoted RP Billy Strode from Extended Spring to Lake County (A-)
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When the Indians need a fifth starter again (May 7th), the obvious move would be Kyle Crockett for Cody Anderson. But many things can happen in the span of five games.
Danny Salazar (1.1) and Francisco Lindor (0.9) account for 43% of the team's wins over replacement after the first month. If you add in Carlos Carrasco (0.9), that's 68% of the team's WAR.