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Lonnie Chisenhall headed to disabled list as Indians kick off second half

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Morning news & notes for Friday, July 14, 2017.

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Two days with no baseball activity whatsoever has me jonesing hard to get a hit of the good stuff again. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait any longer. Here’s a look at what’s happened in the meantime and what’s yet to come:

Indians news & notes

Chisenhall headed to disabled list | Indians.com

The big, and unfortunately bad, news of the break is that Mr. Lon Dong Silver himself will be starting off the second half on the DL thanks to a calf strain. Lonnie’s breakout season is going to be on hold for at least 10 days. Fortunately for him, he’ll have a buddy in Jason Kipnis to keep him company.

Which 2017 Indians first-half stats are sustainable | Cleveland.com

From Francisco Lindor’s struggles to Michael Brantley’s lack of power output, there’s been a lot of puzzling occurrences in the first half or Tribe baseball. But which of these trends, if any, are likely to continue? Zack Meisel provides analysis, with one very clear message: don’t doubt Jose Ramirez.

Chilling in the AL Central | WFNY

In the words of Jason Kipnis, the 2017 AL Central has been shitty. Second half projections expect the Tribe to be clear frontrunners, but it might not matter all that much.

Indians no strangers to deadline deals | Indians.com

Trade season is officially underway with the swap of Jose Quintana to the Cubs for top prospects (more on that below). Will the Indians pull the trigger on another big move this season? It’s hard to see them pulling something as big as the Andrew Miller deal again, but you shouldn’t be surprised if they do. That’s the new Chernofetti MO.

Jose Quintana was never coming to Cleveland | Believeland Ball

The Indians’ opponent in last year’s World Series just greatly upgraded their rotation by trading two top prospects to an Indians divisional rival. The natural response, if you’re a dummy, is to belligerently ask “why couldn’t the Indians have gotten this guy?!” But that was never, ever going to happen.

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