Tribe Injury Updates – Notes on Clevinger, Zimmer, Kluber and more

The Indians' health is improving

James Rapien
May 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm
May 5, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer (4) collides with the wall attempting to catch a double by New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians have dealt with their fair share of injuries. The good news is they're getting healthier everyday and their injured players are making progress. 

Mike Clevinger continues to pass every test the Indians throw at him. He's going to throw one more bullpen, before throwing live batting practice next week.

The Indians want to make sure Clevinger isn't going too fast, which means slowing him down, as he recovers from a Teres major strain in his back. 

"I think Clev wants to go pitch five innings right now," manager Terry Francona said. "We’re trying to make sure we do the right thing. Being three days too slow with a guy, to me, makes more sense."

Clevinger isn't the only one progressing for the Indians. Outfielder Bradley Zimmer is expected to join Triple-A Columbus by the end of the month. The 26-year-old continues to strengthen his right shoulder after having surgery last July. He was also dealing with an oblique injury that he suffered in spring training.

Zimmer's potential return is another reason why the Indians were probably comfortable designating Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. 

Tyler Naquin has been running and taking batting practice. He's scheduled to get some outfield work in on Friday and will be re-evaluated over the weekend. He's the most-likely candidate to replace catcher Eric Haase once Roberto Perez returns (concussion). 

Corey Kluber hopes to have his cast removed on Thursday. The Indians' ace is dealing with an ulna fracture in his forearm. He'll undergo an X-ray to see if the bone is healing like it's supposed to. If it is, doctors will replace the case with a removable splint. 

Danny Salazar continues to toss bullpen sessions in Arizona. Throwing live batting practice is the next step in his rehab, but there isn't anything scheduled. He hasn't thrown a pitch in a big league game since October, 9 2017.