Roster Update: In addition to the three minor leaguers brought up yesterday, the Indians have now added Frank Herrmann back to the roster. Already these September Call-ups are being thrown into action with Russ Canzler starting yesterday and producing and both him and Thomas Neal starting today.
Injury Update: Asdrubal Cabrera is sitting out today for the second game in a row nursing his sore wrist. He has been slumping of late, but even when playing poorly is still a huge part of the Indians offense, so they can’t afford to have him out for long.
Lonnie Chisenhall will begin his rehab assignment today and hopefully will be back with the team within the next week. When he was first hit by the pitch that broke his arm it looked like he could be out for the entire season, but Chisenhall has worked hard to get back in time to play a few more games this year with the Tribe. This is huge since Jack Hannahan has been absolutely horrendous offensively and the Indians have no other true options at third at this point. Going along with their looking on to 2013 view, having next year’s starting third baseman on the team will be a tremendous asset.
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana contributed to each of the Indians 3 runs when he hot a home run in the 3rd inning and scored on a double in the 8th. Santana has been hot of late, recording positive Player of the Game scores in the last 8 games. His score of 5.56 now gives Santana a team leading 13 PoG awards this year.
The hustle of Jason Kipnis granted him 2 hits infield hits today.
Minor league talent has joined the team in the past few days and they are getting an opportunity to prove themselves. Russ Canzler has played in the last 2 games and has combined for 3 hits. Thomas Neal got his first hit today, an RBI double in the 8th inning.
The home run ball killed Zach McAllister today. He gave up a solo home run to Jurickson Profar in the 3rd inning in Profar’s first Major League at bat. In the 5th inning, McAllister allowed 3 more solo home runs. McAllister pitched just 5 innings today and gave up 7 runs on 11 hits, not exactly a good outing for the young pitcher.
Play of the Game
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Texas Rangers 8