CLEVELAND -- After outfielder Jordan Luplow left Monday’s series opener against Texas in the seventh inning, the Indians were hoping it was just a cramp. It wasn’t.
Luplow was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday’s postponed game with a right hamstring strain. Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to fill Luplow’s roster spot.
“He had his MRI (Tuesday) morning and it showed he had some bleeding down there,” manager Terry Francona said of Luplow, who is hitting .271 with 11 home runs, 29 RBIs and a .510 slugging percentage over 69 games. “I don’t think it’s a terrible pull, but enough certainly to go on the IL.”
Luplow has done most of his damage against left-handed pitching -- .305 average, 10 homers, 21 RBIs, .667 slugging percentage and .407 on-base percentage.
“He’s quietly been a force against left-handers and we’ll miss that. Hopefully he’s not out very long,” Francona said. “We’ve had guys here like (Ryan) Rayburn along the way that have done similar stuff that really helps you, that maybe doesn’t catch the headlines. But when you put them in the lineup, they’ve got a really potent bat and it really helps.”
Allen, who was on the Opening Day roster, is in his fourth stint with the Indians. He’s batting .230 with five doubles, three triples, two homers and 17 RBIs in 45 games.
Allen was much more productive during his last stint with Cleveland from July 6-31, when he hit .313 (15-for-48) with eight runs scored and seven RBIs over 18 games.
On the mend
- Right-hander Corey Kluber (right forearm fracture) threw a side session Monday at Progressive Field and is on schedule to make his rehab debut for Columbus on Thursday.
- Right-hander Dan Otero (right shoulder) was scheduled to resume his rehab assignment Tuesday at Columbus -- weather permitting. If he was able to pitch, Otero’s next outing would come Thursday.
Designated hitter Franmil Reyes is batting .105 (2-for-19) with eight strikeouts in his first five games for the Indians.
“Like a lot of guys that change teams for the first time, he’s trying to hit it a mile instead of just 340 feet,” Francona said of Reyes, who in on an 0-for-8 skid with six strikeouts. “He’s just trying to do too much. The best thing, in fact the only thing we can do is be patient. Because he’s going to reward us for that patience. Last thing we’re ever going to do is run away from him.”
The production is expected to arrive for Reyes, who hit 27 homers with 46 RBIs and a .536 slugging percentage in 99 games for the Padres prior to the trade.
“When it comes, it’s going to be fun to watch,” Francona said. “Just one of those things where you’ve got to be patient. With big guys like that, that kind of power, there’s going to be swing-and-miss anyway.”
- Cleveland relievers have been one of the American League’s best units for much of the season, having the lowest ERA (3.29) thorugh Monday. They have allowed 128 earned runs -- Houston is with 158 -- and a league-low 42 homers over 350 1/3 innings through Monday. |
“I think they complement each other really well,” Francona said. “With that comes some challenges -- like length. We’ve sacrificed that to win games. The games that are out of control, we feel like we’ll try to manage it and, I just don’t think it makes a ton of sense to set up your team for a loss.
“You’ve got (left-hander) Oliver (Perez) from the one side, (right-hander) (Adam) Cimber from one side. They kinda complement each other, so our inherited runners should be good.”
The bullpen has allowed 44 of 187 (24 percent) inherited runners to score. It’ the lowest percentage in the AL and the second-lowest in the majors behind Arizona (23 percent) through Monday’s games.
- Perez and his wife Luz became American citizens after being sworn in during ceremonies last weekend. Perez, who turns 38 on Aug. 15, was born in Culiacan, Mexico.
- Zach Plesac leads American League rookies in opposing batting average (.215) and ranks second with a 3.41 ERA and six wins in 12 starts.
- The Indians are 12-6 vs. the Rangers since 2017 -- 5-3 at Progressive Field. Cleveland has won or played to a draw in six straight series against the Rangers.
- Oscar Mercado’s 46 runs scored are the most by a Cleveland player over the first 67 games of his career since Alex Cole matched the total from 1990-91.
- Wednesday, traditional doubleheader beginning at 1:10, STO; WTAM 1100-AM. Game 1 Plesac (6-3, 3.41) vs Jurado (6-6, 4.92), Game 2 bullpen vs. Lynn (14-6, 3.71).