Quick pitches: Alonso to Family Medical Emergency list

Plus more on Ryan Merritt, Danny Salazar and Nick Goody

Alex Hooper
June 15, 2018 - 5:14 pm
Jun 11, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso (17)is greeted by his teammates after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – When Tyler Naquin was announced to be in the Cleveland Indians’ starting lineup on Friday, most assumed that center fielder Greg Allen would be optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

So did the Indians.

Unfortunately, first baseman Yonder Alonso is tending to a family emergency, keeping Allen on the roster for the time being. Alonso was placed on the Family Medical Emergency list, and will miss between three and seven days.

Alonso had caught fire in the past week, slashing .308/.400/.462 with four doubles in the past seven games. In that time, Allen has one hit in 23 plate appearances.

Please rehab responsibly

Left-hander Andrew Miller threw off of a mound again on Friday, but is not necessarily any closer to returning to game action.

After perhaps bringing the southpaw back from the disabled list too quickly the first time around, the team is playing it safe with the future in mind.

“I think we’re still trying to ... figure out long-term, not just for next week and I think like we feel like, you know he’s done so well, really worked at it and everything, but when we get him back, we want to keep him back, so that’s why,” Manager Terry Francona said. “He hasn’t had recurrences or nothing coming up, I don’t feel like we’re there where we can activate him and keep him where he needs to be and I think he feels the same way.”

Miller has been on the disabled list since May 26th.

Back at it

On a positive note, righty Danny Salazar (shoulder) has returned to throwing in recent days, while lefty Ryan Merritt (shoulder) tossed three scoreless innings at Columbus on Thursday.

For Salazar, this step is not one he hasn’t taken before, as Francona pointed out.

“Now, he’s done pretty good up to this point lots of times, it’s when we start getting to the maximum intensity,” the skipper said. “But I’d still rather hear good stuff than not.”

Yeah, you know me

Righty reliever Nick Goody was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 31, making him available to return on July 2. The 27-year-old has been dealing with right elbow hyperextension and posterior elbow inflammation, experiencing soreness after progressing his throwing program to 100 feet.

Goody received a PRP injection in his shoulder after visiting with Dr. James Andrews, and will be shut down for three weeks.