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Archive for February 11th, 2019

Cleveland Indians invite Matt Joyce and Alex Wilson to Major League Camp



The Cleveland Indians announced today the club has signed free agents OF MATT JOYCE (#24) and RHP ALEX WILSON (#37) to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Joyce, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics, collecting a career-high 25 home runs and 58 extra-base hits in 2017 (68 RBI, .808 OPS, 141 games). Last season he was limited to 83 games due to a pair of stints on the disabled list with lower back soreness. He was a 2011 AL All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays (career-high 75 RBI, 3.4 WAR) and recorded an .866 OPS for the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates prior to signing with Oakland. The Tampa, FL native & Florida Southern alum began his professional career with the Detroit Tigers in 2005 (12th round) and was traded to the Rays prior to the 2009 season.

Wilson, 32, posted a 3.36 ERA (61.2IP, 50H, 23ER, 43SO, .223 avg) in 59 games with Detroit last season, limiting right-handed hitters to a .191 (25/131) average against. He was named Detroit’s Pitcher of the Month in September and posted a 0.71 ERA (1ER/12.2IP) over his last 14 appearances to conclude the campaign. The Texas A&M alum began his professional career in 2009 in the Red Sox organization (77th overall pick, 2nd rd., First-Year Player Draft) and debuted with Boston in 2013. He is a veteran of six Major League seasons and over four campaigns with the Tigers he has posted a 3.20 ERA in 246 games (264.2IP, 246H, 94ER).

The Indians currently have 19 non-roster invitees coming to Major League Spring Training camp, which opens for pitcher and catchers on Feb. 12 in Goodyear, Arizona.

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Indians give update on SS Francisco Lindor injury



Francisco Lindor plays catch during a Sunday 2016 World Series workout at Progressive FieldBy Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA CC BY 2.0, https

Francisco Lindor recently sustained a right calf strain while preparing for Spring Training in Orlando, FL.

He was evaluated Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Mark Schickendantz, who confirmed a moderate calf strain.

Francisco has started his rehab and will be evaluated daily this spring. He is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks from his Wednesday evaluation.

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Cleveland Indians mourn loss of former Player-Manager Frank Robinson



Frank Robinson (courtesy Indians)

“The Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened by the passing of baseball legend Frank Robinson. Our organization and the City of Cleveland are proud to have played a role in Frank’s significant impact on the game when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history on April 8, 1975. The fact Frank hit a solo home run in his first at-bat that day as the Indians’ player-manager symbolizes his greatness as a Hall of Fame ballplayer. The entire Indians organization extends its thoughts and prayers to the Robinson family.”

The Indians unveiled a statue in his honor, which resides in Heritage Park at Progressive Field, and retired his uniform #20 on May 27, 2017.

Robinson played 21 seasons in the Majors, for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He served two years as player-manager with the Indians (1975-76) and was exclusively manager in 1977. He also managed for the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals.

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Indians announce Major League Camp Invites



The Cleveland Indians have announced the club has signed free agents INF RYAN FLAHERTY and C DIONER NAVARRO to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Flaherty (FLAIR-ety), 32, spent the 2018 season with the Atlanta Braves, starting 23 of the club’s first 29 games and appeared in two games in the NLDS vs. Los Angeles. The Portland, Maine native spent the first six seasons of his career, 2012-17, in the Baltimore Orioles organization and has appeared in double-digit games at all four infield positions, left field and right field during his career. He was the 41st overall pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Vanderbilt.

Navarro (dee-ah-ner na-VAR-oh), 34, is a veteran of 13 Major League seasons with six different clubs, ending the 2016 season on the ALCS roster of the Toronto Blue Jays. He stepped away from the game for the 2017 season due to a family medical emergency and most recently appeared in 22 games for La Guaira in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional (LVBP), batting.284 (21-for-74) with .748 OPS. The Caracas, VZ native was a 2008 All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays and drove in 69 runs for the 2014 Blue Jays.

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Reds bolster bullpen by bringing back LHP Zach Duke


Zach Duke 2018 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The Cincinnati Reds have shown everyone in Major League Baseball this year that they are done with rebuilding and are ready to contend again in the National League.

They have made several trades and moved some popular players.

Recently, the team bolstered its bullpen, a team strength in 2018, by bringing back LHP specialist Zach Duke.

Duke had played for the Reds in 2013 and did quite well in limited duty, 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings pitched.

The free-agent acquisition was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract.

To make room for Duke, RHP Jose Lopez  was designated for assignment. That means the Reds have a 10 days to either waive, trade or send Lopez to the minors.

The 36-year-old Duke is a 14-year MLB veteran having also played for Pittsburgh, Arizona, Washington, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota and Seattle.

The 2009 All-Star pitcher with the Pirates, has a won-loss record of 66-90, 4.30 ERA and 836 strikeouts.

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