Brantley hitting in cage, itching to return to Tribe

Brantley hitting in cage, itching to return to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- After another setback last week, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is once again back to hitting in the cage. When Brantley will return to the lineup, however, still remains unclear.

Brantley told reporters prior to Tuesday's series opener with the Nationals at Progressive Field that he's been hitting in the cage the past two days after undergoing a small right shoulder procedure this past weekend.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Chapman gone, Tribe to look elsewhere

Yankees lefty Miller, Rockies southpaw Logan among trade targets

With Chapman gone, Tribe to look elsewhere

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are in the market for relief help, and they made a push to try to land closer Aroldis Chapman in recent days. On Monday, it was the Cubs who completed a deal with the Yankees to land the hard-throwing lefty.

With Chapman heading to Chicago in exchange for a four-player package -- highlighted by shortstop Gleyber Torres, the Cubs' No. 1-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com -- that leaves Cleveland still searching for reinforcements for its relief corps. The American League Central-leading Indians have the type of prospect talent it might take to complete an impactful trade or two, and the team hopes to take advantage of its position in the standings.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

Indians' top two prospects expected to see time in center field

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

CLEVELAND -- As trade rumors and reports swirled late Sunday night, the Indians told Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace to call top prospects Brad Zimmer and Clint Frazier into his office. The outfielders were told that the time had come to pack their bags.

Zimmer and Frazier -- ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Cleveland's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, respectively -- were both promoted to Triple-A Columbus.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz, Lugo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diaz, Lugo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians rally late but drop finale in walk-off

Indians rally late but drop finale in walk-off

BALTIMORE-- The Orioles are rolling again.

Baltimore, which endured a four-game losing streak last week, watched Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer lift the O's to a 5-3 sweep-clinching win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards. Now winners of four straight, the Orioles remain the American League East leaders with Reimold's big blast.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Indians welcome homecoming after road trip

Tribe glad for change of scenery after O's starters stifle bats throughout series

Indians welcome homecoming after road trip

BALTIMORE -- This was not how the Indians wanted to end their road trip. In fact, as the Orioles' players poured onto the field to celebrate a walk-off win at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon, the only good news for Cleveland was that the road trip was finally, and mercifully, over.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold put the period on the Tribe's three-city swing through Minneapolis, Kansas City and Baltimore with a deep drive against closer Cody Allen. Reimold's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sent Cleveland to a 5-3 loss, giving the club a 4-5 record over its 10-day journey out of the All-Star break.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Allen happy to shift roles to improve bullpen

Closer: Relief corps unanimous in 'team-first' approach to Deadline

Allen happy to shift roles to improve bullpen

BALTIMORE -- Cody Allen enjoys having the closer label attached to his name within the Indians' bullpen, but that title is not what matters most to the reliever. With Cleveland in first place and aiming for a spot on the October stage, Allen wants his team in the best position possible to make a run.

If that means adding a premier reliever via trade, or even changing roles to accommodate an addition, Allen said he will be open-minded. On Sunday morning, Allen said he has expressed as much in conversations with manager Terry Francona in recent days, as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline looms.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomlin fans 8 but ninth-inning rally falls short

Tomlin fans 8 but ninth-inning rally falls short

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles have spent the past two nights showing off their power against the Indians' highly touted pitching staff. In a 5-2 win over the Tribe on Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mark Trumbo became the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs, backing up a stellar performance by right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Orioles closer Zach Britton recorded the final out to notch his American League-leading 32nd save of the season.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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McAllister getting more work in Minors before activation

Reliever, on DL with right hip issue, to pitch on Monday in Triple-A

McAllister getting more work in Minors before activation

BALTIMORE -- The Indians want Zach McAllister to feel more like himself on the mound before throwing him right back into the bullpen. That is why McAllister remains on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, even though he was eligible for activation on Friday.

Prior to Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Orioles, Indians manager Terry Francona said that McAllister -- on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip issue -- was scheduled to pitch again for Columbus on Monday. Following that outing, Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway will discuss the next steps in the right-hander's comeback.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rare fielding lapse costs Indians in loss

Rare fielding lapse costs Indians in loss

BALTIMORE -- Francisco Lindor said the Indians lost Saturday's game against the Orioles in the first inning. Cleveland's shortstop was not, however, referring to the ball that Mark Trumbo deposited deep into the left-field seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to give Baltimore a swift lead.

After the Tribe's 5-2 loss to the O's, both Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis were kicking themselves over a double play that they did not complete. Had Kipnis fired the ball a half-second faster, or Lindor made the turn a hair quicker, Trumbo never would have even stepped into the batter's box against Josh Tomlin.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier, Mejia among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Frazier, Mejia among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians quiet behind shaky Bauer in Baltimore

Indians quiet behind shaky Bauer in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Since they were selected third and fourth overall in the 2011 Draft, respectively, the career paths of Indians righty Trevor Bauer and Orioles righty Dylan Bundy have taken drastically different routes to Friday's showdown at Camden Yards. Bauer entered with 77 more career starts than Bundy, but it was Bundy who pitched like the more experienced pro in a 5-1 Baltimore win in the series opener.

Making his second career start, Bundy went five innings while allowing one unearned run. Bauer, meanwhile, matched his season high with five runs allowed in four-plus innings.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Uribe shakes off fastball to head, says he'll be fine

Uribe shakes off fastball to head, says he'll be fine

BALTIMORE -- Indians third baseman Juan Uribe left in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-1 loss to the Orioles after being hit in the head by a pitch from O's reliever Odrisamer Despaigne.

Leading off the seventh, Uribe couldn't avoid a rising fastball from Despaigne. The pitch, clocked at 94 mph, slammed into the left side of Uribe's batting helmet around the ear hole, glancing off his cheek.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bauer allows 2 HRs, lacks spark; Francona notices

Bauer allows 2 HRs, lacks spark; Francona notices

BALTIMORE -- The overall 2016 version of Trevor Bauer remains impressive. The recent vintage, not so much. Facing an Orioles club known for the long ball didn't help in his latest start. Neither did the Indians right-hander's lackluster performance.

Bauer allowed five runs, five hits and four walks in four-plus innings with five strikeouts as Cleveland dropped the series opener to Baltimore, 5-1, Friday night.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians place Colon on DL, recall Anderson

Tribe close to signing veteran lefty Thatcher to Minors deal

Indians place Colon on DL, recall Anderson

The Indians have been searching for consistency within their bullpen not only in terms of results this season, but also in personnel. The 'pen's revolving door spun again on Friday, when Cleveland was forced to deal with another setback with its relief corps.

Prior to Friday's game against the Orioles, the Indians announced that rookie right-hander Joseph Colon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Righty Cody Anderson, who is a starter by trade, has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus to provide some insurance for the Tribe's bullpen.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bradley, Mathias among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Bradley, Mathias among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bauer, Gimenez bonding as batterymates

Righty, veteran backstop have clicked since catcher's acquisition from Texas

Bauer, Gimenez bonding as batterymates

BALTIMORE -- On a recent morning in Kansas City, Trevor Bauer was navigating one of his personal drones up and over a large tree in a local park. As the Indians pitcher maneuvered the machine near the top branches, it nicked a limb and became wedged among the leaves.

With no immediate solution for retrieving the drone, Bauer retreated to the ballpark for the day. When he learned about the predicament, Cleveland catcher Chris Gimenez offered to help.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's 5 HRs bounce Royals in rubber game

Tribe's 5 HRs bounce Royals in rubber game

KANSAS CITY -- Power was the theme of the day for the Indians as they launched five home runs and received a dominant outing from Carlos Carrasco en route to an 11-4 rout over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Led by a two-homer, six-RBI performance by rookie Tyler Naquin, the first-place Indians took two of three in the series. Cleveland now has a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Detroit and a nine-game edge over Kansas City in the American League Central.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians reportedly targeting Brewers' Lucroy

Club source says bullpen help is club's main objective before Deadline

Indians reportedly targeting Brewers' Lucroy

KANSAS CITY -- The Indians recently lost starting catcher Yan Gomes for at least six weeks due to a right shoulder injury. The Brewers have one of the trade market's top chips in catcher Jonathan Lucroy. It makes sense that the clubs would now be linked in reported trade talks.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported the Indians are in talks regarding Lucroy, who would present a clear upgrade over their current catching situation. A source told MLB.com that, while the Indians are open-minded to multiple avenues to improve the roster, seeking bullpen help via a trade remains the primary objective.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com and contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Naquin impresses with 6 RBIs against Royals

Indians outfielder making strong case for AL Rookie of Year Award

Naquin impresses with 6 RBIs against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Tyler Naquin needed a hat. When reporters approached him at his locker on Wednesday, and the Indians rookie outfielder saw that he would be on camera, he realized he had already packed his away for the team's trip to Baltimore.

There were some hats in a large duffel bag a few steps from his stall inside the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, where he had just launched two homers and six RBIs in an 11-4 rout of the Royals. So, Naquin grabbed one, toyed with the brim and tried it on.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona enjoying Santana's career season

Indians skipper shares special bond with his first baseman

Francona enjoying Santana's career season

KANSAS CITY -- Before every game, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana brings one of his bats to manager Terry Francona in the dugout. Francona grabs it and plants a kiss right on the barrel. Sometimes, Santana will also remove his skipper's hat and kiss Francona's bald head for good luck as part of the ritual.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that Santana is in the midst of a career year.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

Zimmer among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rajai Davis has amazing reaction to flubbed BP pitch

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Rajai Davis has amazing reaction to flubbed BP pitch

Batting practice is an important part of baseball. Hitters need to freshen up and keep those skills in tip-top shape, so heading out to the field hours before first pitch is key.

Just as important as the actual batting practice is the protective netting saving those doing the pitching from any line drive dangers. An incident earlier this season during the Indians' series with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park yielded an important lesson to everyone: If you make a mistake with your BP pitch, Rajai Davis will let you know just how he feels about that. Cleveland hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo was the one behind the L-screen "delivering" this pitch.

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Brantley experiences setback in injury rehab

Indians outfielder will undergo MRI after feeling discomfort in shoulder

Brantley experiences setback in injury rehab

KANSAS CITY -- The Indians had hoped that outfielder Michael Brantley would be built up to playing in consecutive games by now in his rehab program. After another setback with his surgically repaired right shoulder, it's unclear when Brantley will play again.

On Tuesday, manager Terry Francona noted that Brantley informed the team that he was once again experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. Brantley, who has been on the disabled list since May 14, is now scheduled to undergo an enhanced MRI exam on Wednesday in an effort to get more information about the issue.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli's homer sets tone as Indians even set

Napoli's homer sets tone as Indians even set

KANSAS CITY -- There was no late-inning magic for the Royals this time around.

The Indians, who gave up seven runs in the eighth inning on Monday night in a loss, took a commanding six-run lead through five innings on Tuesday night en route to a 7-3 win at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salazar is picture of health in win over Royals

Indians righty goes 6 2/3 quality frames in first start since break

Salazar is picture of health in win over Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Indians starter Danny Salazar packed up a pair of boxes after spending a couple days in San Diego for the All-Star Game. He filled one with things he would need on the club's road trip and shipped it to Minneapolis. The other one was sealed and sent home to Cleveland.

"I put my glove in the one going to Cleveland," said Salazar, laughing at himself after a 7-3 win on over the Royals on Tuesday night.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.