Tribe Notes: Francisco Lindor, Jefry Rodriguez and an injury update

The Indians start a two-game series against Miami on Tuesday

James Rapien
April 23, 2019 - 4:33 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians begin a two-game series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The team is looking to rebound from two-straight losses to the Braves, including a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night. 

The Indians did get some good news recently. Not only has Francisco Lindor returned to the field, but he continues to improve. He'll play shortstop and hit leadoff on Tuesday night against the Marlins. 

"He's good, he's good. He's chomping at the bit," manager Terry Francona said. "We'll probably DH him tomorrow. I keep meeting with the medical people, just to kind of keep an eye on things, I think that probably makes sense to do that tomorrow."

Lindor has two hits and one home run in nine at-bats this season. The 25-year-old isn't 100 percent, but he's healthy enough to play. The Indians will monitor his status and DH him at times until he's back to normal. 

Jefry Rodriguez will start for the Indians tomorrow against Miami. He was in the Indians' clubhouse on Tuesday. The team will be forced to make a roster move prior to Wednesday's game.

Rodriguez, 25, allowed two runs in 5.2 innings in his first start of the season on April 13. 

"He threw strikes," Francona said when asked about Rodriguez. "He really wasn't afraid to attack the strike zone. I thought he did a really good job."

Rodriguez was part of the Yan Gomes trade. He's had some control issues in the minors, but gets another chance to prove himself with Mike Clevinger on the injured list. 

Other News – Bradley Zimmer continues to improve and is close to taking live batting practice. The 26-year-old hopes to have a big role in the Indians' outfield once he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Reliever Tyler Clippard is back on the field for Triple-A Columbus. He hasn't allowed a run in two outings. That's a great sign for the veteran, who signed with the Indians this offseason hoping to be a big part of their bullpen. 

Clippard suffered a strained pectoral muscle during spring training. He appeared in 73 games last season for the Blue Jays, finishing with a 3.67 ERA. Clippard posted a 4-3 record, allowing 57 hits and 28 runs in 68.2 innings. 

Clippard could give the Indians' bullpen the boost it needs, once he's fully healthy.

The Indians are 12-9 on the season and 1.5 games behind Minnesota in the American League entering play on Tuesday.