CLEVELAND, Ohio – Chris Antonetti said manager Terry Francona on Tuesday underwent his second day of appointments at the Cleveland Clinic for a gastrointestinal problem that has caused him to miss the Indians’ last three games.
Antonetti does not expect Francona in his eighth year managing the Indians to be away from the team for a long time, but added: “Our first priority will always be Tito’s health and well-being and whatever puts him in the best position to be healthy and feel better, it will always be a priority. “
The Indian president of baseball operations said Francona has not been admitted to the clinic.
“Out of respect for Tito, I will not go into details,”
“He is not happy about it. He understands that it is the right thing to do and he wants to feel better. That’s what we all want, for Tito to feel better and come back to doing what he loves, who handles the team every day. And hopefully it can happen in the not too distant future. He will be in a much better mood if we win tonight, I can assure you. “
The Indians took a win with four games in Tuesday night’s game against the Reds. First assistant coach Sandy Alomar has managed the club since Sunday.
No. 1: Cut-off date still intact
Teams must trim their game plans from 30 players to 28 by Thursday. At the beginning of the season, teams would eventually lower their game plans to 26 players by August 13.
Athletic reported, however, that competitions will remain at 28 for the rest of the season with a taxi game with five players instead of three players.
Antonetti called the 30-man roster a “double-edged sword.” Although it protects players from a short spring training session and protects teams from losing players to coronavirus, it has also been difficult to get players consistent playing time. The Indians, for example, have tried to get bats for seven outfielders and three tool infielders.
Infielder Yu Chang, who had a hot spring training II, has not played since July 28. Christian Arroyo has not appeared in a game since the season opener on July 24.
Alomar said it was not fair to play Chang against Sonny Gray, Cincinnati’s starting Monday night, as he had not played that long.
No. 2: Brad Hand can use an inning or two
The Indians have been trying to get closer to Brad Hand in a game in recent days. He has not lined up since July 29 when he allowed four runs in a third of a inning in a 4-0 loss to the White Sox.
“That’s something Carl (Willis, pitching coach) and I talked about on Monday,” Alomar said. “We tried to get him in the game, but it was a different rescue situation because the game was so close. We needed a closer look for that game. Today it is hopefully (Shane) Bieber who places nine, who knows? But if the point opens a little and it is not a rescue situation, we consider using him tonight. “
No. 3: Quality matters
The Indians have set a franchise record by throwing 10 quality starts in their first 11 games this season. They are the first team to do so since the Angels in 1982. Brooklyn set the MLB record with 11 in 1913.
Shane Bieber, who started Tuesday night against the Reds, owns two of these starts. The fourth round in 2016 has become one of the best pitches in the big leagues.
“It has been really fun to see his continued development from the day he set foot in the organization,” Antonetti said. “Shane has a relentless desire to improve and is willing to put in the hard work to keep getting better and he has never been happy. That progression continues in recent years and he has really emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League.
“I’m not sure there’s anything else you’re looking for in a jug. He has a good delivery. He is a good athlete. He has an unusual complement with seats. He’s smart, he’s intelligent, he’s prepared, he’s tough, he’s a competitor. ”
No. 4: Finally
Antonetti said the Indians are trying to get Tyler Naquin (broken right big toe) as many bats and repeats in the field as possible at Classic Park in Eastlake. When it comes to catchers Roberto Perez (right shoulder) Antonetti said he showed progress and may have played catch on Tuesday. It sounds like Naquin, Perez or Delino DeShields (COVID-19) is probably a week or so away from having a chance to get off the injured list. . .Francisco Lindor has beaten 32 first innings leaders in his career, including a Monday night. He has met 28 of them since 2016. Here are the Indian leaders in the first inning: Jim Thome 39, Andre Thornton 39, Albert Belle, Albert Belle 33, Earl Averill 33, Al Rosen 33 and Lindor 32. .Center fielder Oscar Mercado was back in the lineup on Tuesday. “We need to get Mercado up and running,” Alomar said. Mercado hit 0.138 (4-for-29) in its first bat.
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