Corey Kluber thinks he can make his next scheduled start for the Indians. The team’s medical staff, however, believes he might need to be pushed back a couple days. Both sides will have more clarity one way or the other when the ace attempts to throw a bullpen session Sunday.
Jay Bruce continued his sizzling start with the Indians by hitting an RBI double, and catcher Roberto Perez delivered a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning, and the Indians held off the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer came out of the bullpen earlier this week, knowing the risk involved. The right-hander also felt the team’s relief corps could use a helping hand and Bauer was efficient enough to stay in line to start on Saturday against the Royals.
In the first of 10 games between the Indians and Royals that could decide the American League Central, the Tribe cruised to a 10-1 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Indians ace Corey Kluber attempted to pitch through a right ankle sprain in Friday night’s 10-1 win over the Royals, but he exited his outing early with the team’s head athletic trainer at his side.
Prior to Friday’s game against Kansas City, Cleveland activated relief ace Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list, following his bout with right knee soreness. In order to clear a spot on the roster for Miller’s return, the Indians placed outfielder Abraham Almonte on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.
Music was blaring inside the visitors’ clubhouse as Indians players arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon. The handful who made their way to the park early were gathered around a Pop-A-Shot basketball hoop, and were engaged in a heated competition hours before their game against the Royals.
Yan Gomes takes pride in prioritizing defense, making anything he does in the batter’s box a bonus for the Indians. In the opener of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday, the catcher came up big on both fronts, helping Cleveland to a 9-3 win at Target Field.
The last two winners of the American League Central will begin a three-game series on Friday, with the division-leading Indians taking on the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
There are times when a defeat is not a complete loss. The Indians would have surely preferred to sweep Thursday’s doubleheader and the series with the Twins, but the Tribe was nonetheless pleased to head into an important set against the Royals with its pitching staff intact.
Max Kepler was not in the Twins’ starting lineup for Thursday’s nightcap of a twin bill against the Indians. An injury forced him into the mix and Kepler’s late go-ahead home run fueled a 4-2 victory, which ended Cleveland’s six-game winning streak and run of 10 straight wins at Target Field.
Indians right-hander Danny Salazar started to feel like he was rushing through his delivery in Tuesday night’s start against the Twins. In searching for a solution, he found something that worked: Salazar began talking to himself on the mound.