MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
The Indians' starting rotation has been a work in progress for much of the season, and following the team's 5-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, manager Terry Francona revealed that one of the missing pieces to the rotation will not be returning to the rotation. That missing piece is Brett Myers.
The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since April 20 with an inflamed right elbow. Myers is progressing in his rehab to the point that he will make a minor league rehab appearance on Monday at rookie level Mahoning Valley (Ohio) in the New York-Penn League.
Myers was the Indians' No.3 starter at the start of the season, but he will not be a starter when he comes off the disabled list. Francona said the Indians are preparing Myers to return to the team as a reliever, rather than a starter.
Francona said the reason for the decision is that Myers has missed so much time on the DL that club officials feel it's more prudent to bring him back as a reliever. They feel trying to get Myers back to the point where he could throw 100 pitches in a game would risk a return of the injury that put him on the disabled list in the first place.
Myers only pitched in four games, three of them starts, prior to going on the DL. He was 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in those four games, and he gave up 10 home runs in 21 innings. So when Myers returns, and there is no timetable yet for when that will happen, it will be as a reliever.
Myers has plenty of experience pitching out of the bullpen. He has both started and relieved during his career. Last year he was used as a reliever exclusively. In a combined 70 relief appearances for the Astros and White Sox, Myers was 3-8, with a 3.31 ERA and 19 saves.
Myers won't be used as a closer with the Indians, but he will be added to the mix as an option in middle relief.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez, 5-4, 4.66) at Orioles (Zach Britton, 1-1, 5.56)
--1B Nick Swisher returned to the lineup Sunday and went 0-for-5. It was Swisher's first appearance in a game since June 15. He had been sidelined with a sore left shoulder.
--2B Jason Kipnis was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the third inning against a Twins team he has hit well this season. Kipnis vs. the Twins this year is hitting .500 (12-24) with 12 RBIs.
--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez will start Monday night in Baltimore. Jimenez has been one of the Indians' better pitchers over the last six weeks. In 10 starts since April 29 Jimenez is 5-2 with a 3.04 ERA. Monday will be his first career appearances vs. the Orioles.
--RHP Chris Perez will make a third minor league rehab appearance either Tuesday or Wednesday, and if he has no setbacks he will be activated off the disabled list. Perez has been on the DL since May 27 with a sore right shoulder.
--RHP Brett Myers will make a minor league rehab appearance for rookie-level Mahoning Valley (Ohio) on Monday. Manager Terry Francona said Myers, who was in the Indians' opening day starting rotation, will be used as a reliever once he comes off the disabled list. Myers has been on the DL since April 20 with right elbow inflammation.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We gave ourselves plenty of opportunities, but we never were able to cash in. --Manager Terry Francona, whose team was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base in a loss Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Chris Perez (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27. An MRI performed May 27 revealed just minor tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. Perez was cleared to begin throwing June 5. He made his first minor league rehab appearance June 16 for Class A Lake County, then moved his rehab to Double-A Akron on June 18. He will likely pitch a third minor league rehab assignment before being activated. He will make his third and final minor league rehab appearance June 25 or 26, after which it's expected he'll be activated.
--SS Asdrubal Cabrera (strained right quad) went on the 15-day disabled list June 4. He's expected to be out until late June or early July, manager Terry Francona said June 10. Cabrera is doing his rehab in Cleveland.
--RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 15. On June 11, Tomlin will throw off the mound in a bullpen session. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season as he continues his rehab.
--RHP Zach McAllister (sprained right middle finger) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3.
--C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 29 and moved to Triple-A Columbus on May 30. His rehab stint was cut short when he experienced more soreness in his shoulder June 12.
--RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He made rehab starts for Double-A Akron on May 17 and May 22. His scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on May 27 was scratched due to continued soreness in his elbow. Myers was shut down.
--RHP Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 11. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 4, moved to Class A Lake County on May 15, then rejoined Akron on May 18. He started a new rehab assignment June 14 with Lake County, then moved to Akron on June 18.
--RHP Frank Herrmann (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 3. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Justin Masterson
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Carlos Carrasco
RHP Vinnie Pestano (closer)
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
LHP Nick Hagadone
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Mike Aviles
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Jason Giambi
INF John McDonald
INF Lonnie Chisenhall
LF Michael Brantley
CF Michael Bourn
RF Drew Stubbs
OF Ryan Raburn