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Roster Moves: Three players sent to Triple-A

December 1, 2021

Cleveland began its offseason on Oct. 4, and there are still a few players recovering from season-ending injuries. Keep track of their progress, plus team transactions, here throughout the offseason.

No. 3 prospect Nolan Jones has surgery

Procedure went as expected for the 3B/OF, who could be ready for Spring Training
@MandyBell02
September 26, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The road to recovery for Indians No. 3 prospect Nolan Jones begins now. Jones was placed on Triple-A Columbus’ 7-day injured list on Sept. 1 with an ankle injury that later resulted in surgery. According to Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, Jones officially underwent a procedure

Bieber ramps up intensity, nears rehab stint

Right-hander throws second simulated game; MLB slated to remember 9/11
@MandyBell02
September 10, 2021

CLEVELAND -- It’s not set in stone, but all signs are pointing toward Shane Bieber closing in on starting his rehab assignment. The Indians ace logged a successful second simulated game on Thursday afternoon at Triple-A Columbus, throwing two innings without any problems. “The volume increased, but also his intensity

Civale slotted to return to rotation Tuesday

@mollyburkhardt
September 5, 2021

BOSTON -- Aaron Civale’s next start will come in the big leagues, with the right-hander scheduled to start Tuesday vs. Minnesota, the club announced. “I think he came out of his last start feeling very good -- 71 pitches, I believe,” acting manager DeMarlo Hale said on Friday. “So his

Bieber to pitch sim game; Hale & Big Papi

@mollyburkhardt
September 4, 2021

BOSTON -- There’s good news on the horizon for Cleveland’s rotation. On Friday, acting manager DeMarlo Hale said that Aaron Civale’s next start would likely come in the big leagues. The club confirmed on Saturday that Civale would be activated from the injured list and is scheduled to start on

McKenzie lands on IL; Francona 'progressing'

@MandyBell02
August 25, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Yet another wrench has been thrown in the Indians’ rotation plans. But this time, the team is hoping this is an easier problem to navigate. Right-hander Triston McKenzie wasn’t recovering as quickly as he’s used to after his stellar start against the Angels on Saturday. He came to

'Focus' for Bieber is on pitching this season

Cleveland ace throws second bullpen session, gears for another one on Friday
@MandyBell02
August 17, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- It’s the middle of August and Shane Bieber is in the early stages of getting himself back on the rubber. As the regular season continues to inch closer to its end, is there a point to get the Indians ace back into game action? If you ask Bieber,

Notes: Cleveland's plans for rotation, 1B

@MandyBell02
August 10, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Now that J.C. Mejia is getting his work in at Triple-A Columbus, the Indians are left with a hole in their rotation that they will need to fill by the end of the week. Cleveland is still working through its options for Saturday’s matchup against the Tigers at

Bieber 'excited' following throwing session

Indians ace wants to get back on mound, but is being smart with rehab process
@MandyBell02
August 6, 2021

CLEVELAND -- It’s a sight that hasn’t been seen at Progressive Field since early June: A smiling Shane Bieber throwing from 60 feet without a worry. Bieber may have been on the outfield grass instead of the rubber, but the Indians right-hander made a positive step on Friday afternoon, letting

Positions shuffled after Bradley (back) exits

Catcher Pérez fills in at first base as injuries mount
@MandyBell02
July 21, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Indians learned the hard way that catcher Roberto Pérez can serve as a backup first baseman in a pinch. First baseman Bobby Bradley was removed from the Indians 9-3 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park with back spasms, and because utility guy

Indians 'confident' in Civale, Bieber progress

@MandyBell02
July 20, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Indians' rotation has certainly looked different than the team would’ve expected it to look halfway through the season, but a handful of inexperienced hurlers thrown into the spotlight have been able to keep the club afloat. But how much longer will they be required to do so?

Ramírez 'minimally better'; Pérez returns

@MandyBell02
July 3, 2021

CLEVELAND -- José Ramírez was seen out on the field early before the Indians' 7:15 p.m. ET matchup against the Astros on Saturday, but he’s not ready to be inserted back into Cleveland’s lineup just yet. After playing in each of Cleveland's first 75 games of the season, Ramírez has

Another injury compounds Indians' loss

With offense about to get close to full strength, Eddie Rosario heads for MRI on abdomen
@MandyBell02
July 2, 2021

CLEVELAND -- This wasn’t the bounce-back the Indians were hoping for.

J-Ram hangs tough, homers in Game 1 loss

@MandyBell02
June 30, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The Indians can’t afford the most minor of injuries right now, let alone one to their All-Star third baseman, José Ramírez. Although the team came close to disaster on Wednesday night, it seemed to finally dodge a bullet for once. Ramírez hopped into the left-handed batter’s box against

Naylor carted off after serious OF collision

@MandyBell02
June 28, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Silence blanketed Target Field on Sunday as Cleveland's Josh Naylor flailed in pain after a collision in right field. He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Room, and was later diagnosed with a closed fracture and dislocation of the right ankle. He’ll be evaluated in

Civale (finger) shut down, likely out 4-5 wks.

Club calls up right-hander Garza from Triple-A
@MandyBell02
June 24, 2021

And then there were none. After meeting with Dr. Thomas Graham on Wednesday, Aaron Civale was diagnosed with a sprain in his middle finger on his right hand. He’s expected to be shut down from throwing for one to two weeks and will likely miss four to five weeks of

Bieber (shoulder) goes on injured list

@MandyBell02
June 15, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have yet another hurdle to overcome regarding their rotation. But this one will be the most challenging. Cleveland ace Shane Bieber was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder subscapularis muscle strain, Indians manager Terry Francona announced prior to Monday’s 4-3 win over

Plesac fractures thumb in shirt mishap

May 26, 2021

First, the Indians lost slugger Franmil Reyes, and now they’ll be without starter Zach Plesac. Manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday that Plesac is heading to the injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. After his start on Sunday, he injured the thumb while taking off his

Roberto positive after surgery: 'I'm a warrior'

@MandyBell02
May 12, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Could Indians catcher Roberto Pérez’s fractured finger be a sign that the team is preparing for a similar season to 2016? In early May 2016, Pérez had a thumb injury that required surgery, which means he is all too familiar with his current situation. Almost five years later

Roberto Pérez has finger surgery, out months

@MandyBell02
May 7, 2021

CLEVELAND -- When Indians manager Terry Francona hopped on Zoom to address the surgery that catcher Roberto Pérez underwent to repair his fractured right ring finger on Friday afternoon, he hadn’t yet received the full update from the doctor. But the one thing he did know was that Pérez won’t

Pérez (finger) placed on IL; Gamel DFA'd

@ryan_a_herrera
May 5, 2021

The Indians announced on Wednesday that catcher Roberto Pérez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right fourth (ring) finger, and in an ensuing move, Cleveland selected the contract of René Rivera from Triple-A Columbus. Pérez sustained the injury while catching against the White Sox on April

Luplow, Rosario injury updates; Maton opens

@MandyBell02
May 4, 2021

The Indians were concerned that Jordan Luplow would need more than a day or two off after he felt discomfort in his left groin. And when Eddie Rosario was removed from Monday night’s series opener against the Royals due to pain in his left knee, the club should be relieved

Luplow dealing with leg soreness

@MandyBell02
May 3, 2021

Facing left-handed pitching three times in a span of four days would usually be considered a field day for outfielder Jordan Luplow. Instead, he’ll likely be on the sidelines due to some discomfort in his upper leg. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, Luplow landed awkwardly on first base in

Pérez (finger) receiving off-day Sunday

Eddie Rosario in at DH as Daniel Johnson starts in left field
@MandyBell02
May 2, 2021

Cleveland backstop Roberto Pérez was hoping to finally have a completely healthy season after battling through injuries the last two years, but now he’s facing his first bump in the road. The last time the Indians were in Chicago, Pérez had a scary moment when he was expecting a fastball

Hill taking nothing for granted after wreck

@MandyBell02
February 24, 2021

All it took were a few seconds for Indians reliever Cam Hill to realize how quickly everything can change. Hill was driving in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 30 when he reached down to get a water jug off the floor on the passenger’s side of the car. When he sat