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Rough finish for Cleveland Indians, but Michael Brantley’s return could be near

Morning news and notes for July 11, 2016

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

It was fantastic to see Progressive Field full of fans and plenty lively during the Yankees series. Even with the tough losses, it’s another sign that the second half of the season is likely to be pretty darned exciting.

Yankees 11, Indians 7

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Carlos Carrasco was not sharp and excited after just 3 2/3 innings. The defense wasn’t sharp either, with errors from Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco LIndor leading to eight unearned runs for New York. With the loss, the Indians enter the All-Star break at 52-36. All things considered, that’s great.

Tribe News

Michael Brantley to begin rehab assignment in Mahoning Valley | LGT

The outfielder is scheduled to play five innings for the Scrappers today, and then get some work in with Lake County and Akron later this week. Brantley last played May 9th. Fingers crossed for an injury-free rehab assignment!

Danny Salazar will not pitch in All-Star Game because of “mild elbow discomfort” |

The right-hander is still expected to make his next scheduled start on July 19th. From Zack Meisel:

Danny Salazar sat at his locker on Sunday morning with his right shoulder and elbow wrapped, a day removed from his last outing and nine days remaining until his next appearance.

Tribe manager Terry Francona said Saturday that the team didn't have a problem with Salazar pitching as long as he was healthy.

"If somebody doesn't pitch or play, you have to have a legitimate reason," Francona said. "If you show up, you can't just show up and go 'Ooh, man,' because that puts everybody in a bind. Those games are hard enough for the managers, let alone when somebody [might be hurt]. If that's the case, you have to have a doctor. It can't just be a, 'Please don't do this.'"

Yan Gomes still seeking answers after a first half to forget |

It was bad.

Joba Chamberlain becomes free agent | MLBTR

The reliever elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Best wishes . . . kinda.

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