Tribe Notes – Clevinger set to start, Tito praises youngsters and Bauers scratched

The Indians have used 11 starting pitchers this season

James Rapien
June 24, 2019 - 5:37 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mike Clevinger’s workout went well on Sunday, which means he'll pitch on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 28-year-old was on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle that kept him out of Saturday’s game against Detroit. It’s the only start he’s going to miss after suffering the injury in the second inning of a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on June 17.

“He’s throwing a full-fledged bullpen tomorrow (Tuesday). But he’s shown that he’s healthy enough,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s why we were able to send Civale back and get Edwards here. Just because of the workout he went through yesterday. He’s doing really well.”

Clevinger has dealt with multiple injuries this season, including a Teres major muscle strain in his back that kept him out for more than two months.

Clevinger was sporting a brace on his left ankle on Monday afternoon. He was confident enough to play Ping-Pong in the clubhouse against Nick Goody. Goody got off to an early lead, but Clevinger made a comeback. The game went back and forth, but Sunshine prevailed.

Impressive Youngsters – The Indians have used 11 starting pitchers this season. Coming into the year, their starting rotation was expected to carry them. That hasn’t happened in large part due to injuries, but that doesn’t mean the rotation hasn’t done its’ job.

Zach Plesac, Jefry Rodriguez, Aaron Civale and Adam Plutko have had success, which has given the rest of the team a boost.

“It’s kept us afloat,” Francona said. “For the most part they’ve given us a chance to win every time they pitch. That’s asking a lot of a lot of young guys. They’ve done a good job. Taking all of them together, they all have poise, they compete, the game doesn’t seem to be going too fast, I’m sure it’s probably going fast at times for them, but not too fast. They’ve done a really good job.”

A lot has gone wrong for the Tribe this season. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Clevinger have all missed significant time. Trevor Bauer has looked human and Jose Ramirez looks like an average prospect, not an American League MVP candidate.

The young arms have given the Indians the boost they needed to stay in the hunt when things weren’t going well.

The words ‘Indians’ and ‘playoffs’ wouldn’t be used in the same sentence if it weren’t for the rotation. The player development staff has done a great job getting the young arms ready for the big leagues.

The Indians are doing more than staying afloat. They’ve played themselves back into the playoff hunt and the youngsters are a big reason why.  

Bauers scratched – Jake Bauers suffered a sprained left ankle while fielding a fly ball during batting practice. The injury will keep him out of Monday’s lineup. Bauers was hitting .324 with two home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games. Mike Freeman will take his place in left field.

Bauers did take batting practice after suffering the injury, which is a good sign for the 23-year-old.