As the Indians prepare to face the White Sox in the second game of their three-game series, they’ll be doing so without the services of regulars Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana, both of whom were placed on the disabled list today.
Thanks to a hyperextended left knee, Swisher will go on the 15-day DL. After sitting out the games against the Orioles last Friday and Saturday because of soreness in his right knee, Swisher managed to injure his left knee in the sixth inning of yesterday’s game with the Sox. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Santana was struck in the head with a foul tip in Sunday’s game with the Orioles. He was originally slated to play in yesterday’s game with the Sox, but was removed from the lineup and sent back to the team hotel after exhibiting signs of a possible concussion. He will go on the 7-day concussion list.
The organization has called up George Kottaras and Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers to complete the 25-man roster. Kottaras will serve as backup catcher to Yan Gomes, and Aguilar is expected to see action at first and third base (he’s in today’s lineup at first).
The Indians have gotten pretty dinged up of late, with Asdrubal Cabrera having missed four games recently, and with Jason Kipnis being on the disabled list since May 2 with a strained right oblique. Kipnis is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago today, and the team hopes to have him back in at second base on Wednesday. Justin Sellers, who started at shortstop while Cabrera was out, will start at second base tonight.
Another roster move: pitcher Blake Wood, who had been with the Clippers after seven appearances with the Indians in April, was designated for assignment. The team will need to make another roster move when they activate Kipnis.
The Indians will have their work cut out for them tonight, as they will face Chris Sale on the mound for the Sox. After missing a month of action due to a left flexor strain, Sale was very effective in his most recent appearance, holding the Yankees to one hit over six innings last week. He struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter.
The Indians will counter with Justin Masterson. Over his last four starts, Masty has allowed a whopping 19 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings. His last quality start came on May 3, and we can take encouragement in noting that that start came against the White Sox. Let’s hope he can turn things around tonight, or else it might be a sad evening at U. S. Cellular Field for the Tribe.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Michael Brantley, LF
4. Ryan Raburn, DH
5. Yan Gomes, C
6. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
7. David Murphy, RF
8. Mike Aviles, 3B
9. Justin Sellers, 2B
Justin Masterson, P
1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
6. Dayan Viciedo, RF
7. Paul Konerko, DH
8. Alejandro De Aza, LF
9. Tyler Flowers, C
Chris Sale, P
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Update: The Windy City is a rainy city this evening. At what should be game time (8:05 Cleveland time), the tarp is still on the field. It’s not raining as I type this, but apparently more rain is coming. The game will be delayed at least. Postponed? Who knows?
A timelier update: It’s 8:50 PM Cleveland time, and the game has just begun.