CLEVELAND -- The Indians have lost two outfielders to injuries in the past two days, forcing the club to sift through its options. The latest setback arrived on Monday, when Abraham Almonte aggravated a right biceps injury that will require some time on the shelf.
Almonte exited Monday's 8-7 win over the Rays in the fifth inning after a recurrence of the right arm issue that he experienced on Wednesday in Toronto. Following the victory, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Almonte will be heading to the 10-day disabled list, though the corresponding move was not announced.
"I give Abe a lot of credit for trying to play through that," Francona said. "We'll get him an MRI [on Tuesday] just to see exactly what's going on, but we're going to have to shut him down for a little bit. So, it's kind of inevitable he's going to go on the DL."
Almonte's injury comes after corner outfielder Brandon Guyer landed on the 10-day DL on Sunday with a left wrist sprain that will sideline him four-to-six weeks. Outfielder Austin Jackson is also on the 10-day DL with a hyperextended left big toe, and still has some hurdles to clear before being activated.
That leaves Cleveland's outfield with left fielder Michael Brantley, center fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and either Daniel Robertson, Yandy Diaz or utility man Erik Gonzalez for right. Triple-A Columbus outfielder Tyler Naquin (on the 40-man roster) is currently on the Minor League DL with a back issue, though Francona noted before Monday's game that the outfielder was nearing his return.
Non-roster possibilities at Triple-A include top prospect Brad Zimmer and Richie Shaffer.
It is also possible that the Indians hold off on promoting an outfielder in favor of calling up an extra reliever for the next couple of games. In Monday's loss, the bullpen was required to log 5 1/3 innings after starter Carlos Carrasco (left pectoral strain) exited early.