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Both Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will miss opening day, as roster remains unsettled

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Morning news and notes, Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Unless the Indians are able to dumpster dive from last-minute DFAs, it is looking like the middle infield on opening day will be Eric Stamets and Max Moroff.

Yesterday’s Baseball

Cleveland 8 - Chicago (NL) 3

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Hanley Ramirez complicated things for everyone by hitting two homers, and Corey Kluber struck out seven in 5.2 innings.

Other Indians News

Cleveland Indians have hole in middle of infield: Lindor, Kipnis will miss opener - cleveland.com - Terry Francona said Thursday that All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will open the season on the 10-day injured list and All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis has been shut down for seven to 10 days with a low-grade strain of the right calf.

Lindor starting '19 on injured list; Kipnis delayed - It’s been the curse of the calf strains for the Indians’ middle infield this spring. Just when it looked like All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor would have a chance at being back in the Indians’ lineup for Opening Day, the club announced on Friday that he’ll start the season on the injured list.

Terry Francona says Cleveland Indians may break camp with 25-man roster unsettled - cleveland.com - Injuries to infielders Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis and questions about Hanley Ramirez and the bullpen have opening-day roster in flux.

Salazar progressing, eager to return to Tribe - Danny Salazar making progress, may be ready by June.

Braves will take a look at newly acquired pitcher Saturday - Veteran pitcher Josh Tomlin joined the Braves this week with no promises, no expectations.

Cleveland Indians Are Not Ohio's Most Popular Baseball Team | Cleveland, OH Patch
Fandom in the Buckeye State is split among several teams and the Indians are not the biggest team in Ohio.

Indians pitchers on how they’d attack Jose Ramirez: ‘That’s a tough question’ - Sports - Akron Beacon Journal - Akron, OH - An elite contact rate (87.5 percent the past two years, seventh in the game) combined with an ability to switch hit, and all of it compounded with that amount of power, doesn’t leave many options. The goal for opposing pitchers is to get any hitter to two strikes. When they get there with Ramirez, the question still remains: now what?

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