CINCINNATI -- When the Indians acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Tigers last month, Martin was reunited with Yonder Alonso. The Tribe first baseman and Martin were teammates with the Mariners, and they live in Miami and train together in the offseason.
The news that Martin developed a life-threatening bacterial infection was a shock to everyone. It was especially jolting for Alonso, who considers Martin a close friend. The fact that Martin is now in stable condition and out of the intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic has been extremely welcome news around the clubhouse.
"We're just hoping for the best," Alonso said. "Obviously, personally, on my end, my level, he's been a really good friend of mine. We hit in the offseason and stuff. So it hit home for sure. Obviously, when we all found out about what was going on, it's just a sad situation. You wish it never happens to anybody, to be honest. But, you feel like he's young, he's in shape, he's going to make it through it all.
"He's going to be better. ... All we can do is pray, and hopefully we'll have him back as soon as possible."
There is no timetable for Martin's return, and he is currently on the 10-day disabled list. The current goal is simply to have the 30-year-old outfielder regain his strength and return to a clean bill of health. Martin fell ill Aug. 7 and was taken the next day to Cleveland Clinic, where it was determined that an undisclosed bacteria got into his bloodstream, producing toxins that affected his internal organs.
Alonso said the ordeal helped put things in perspective.
"Oh man. I mean, 100 percent," he said. "Everybody here is a normal person. I know that the fans and people who come out to see us every night at 7 o'clock, they don't realize that I get woken up at six in the morning because my son has a fever, or he didn't sleep right, or whatever the case may be. When you do have a life outside of this, and something like this tragically happens, we understand that there's more than baseball.
"And you tend to appreciate this a little bit more as well. Not that we don't appreciate it, but you definitely understand how lucky and privileged we are to play a game that we love and put on a big league uniform every single day."
No timetable on Bauer
Indians manager Terry Francona said there remains no established timetable for a return for starter Trevor Bauer, who is on the 10-day DL with a stress fracture in his right fibula. Francona added the team should have more information Friday, when the Indians are back in Cleveland and Bauer will have gone through follow-up consultations with team doctors.
"I don't think we want to put Trevor [on a timetable], because we all know he's going to pitch the minute he can," Francona said. "And these things heal kind of when they [heal]. We should have more information ... after he gets a few more opinions and things, on maybe things we can do to hopefully hasten up the healing process."
Francona was hopeful Bauer will return this season.
• Prior to the Martin trade with the Tigers, the Indians discussed the possibility of moving second baseman Jason Kipnis to the outfield, similar to when he played center field down the stretch last season. Given the unknowns surrounding Martin's situation, Francona was asked if the team would again consider moving Kipnis. In that scenario now, third baseman Jose Ramirez could play second, with Yandy Diaz handling third.
"We talked about it, but I just think that, no, we're just going to keep [Kipnis] right where he is," Francona said. "Last year was so different. He was coming back off of an injury. We had our infield set. We didn't have an outfielder. So it's different circumstances."
• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (60-day DL, left calf) has been with the Indians throughout the current road trip through Chicago and Cincinnati. Chisenhall advanced to jogging in his running program and has been hitting and throwing (including throwing to bases from the outfield).
"The good part is he doesn't feel anything," Francona said. "But he hasn't progressed to where he's all-out, either."
• Right-hander Josh Tomlin (10-day DL, right hamstring) logged four innings for Triple-A Columbus on Monday in his latest Minor League rehab outing. Francona said the current plan is to have Tomlin pitch for Columbus on Saturday, building up from Monday's 47 pitches.