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Guardians' Kole Calhoun: Not in lineup Wednesday
Calhoun is absent from the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Calhoun connected for a two-run homer Tuesday, but he'll grab a seat in Wednesday's series finale with the Reds throwing left-hander Andrew Abbott. Jose Ramirez is filling the DH role as Steven Kwan, Myles Straw and Ramon Laureano start across the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Bo Naylor: On bench Wednesday
Naylor is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Reds.
Naylor hit a three-run homer, drew a walk and scored two total runs in the Guardians' loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday. Cam Gallagher is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Will Brennan: Sitting against lefty
Brennan is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Steven Kwan, Myles Straw and Ramon Laureano will start across the outfield for the Guardians as they take on left-hander Andrew Abbott. The left-handed-hitting Brennan has struggled to a .495 OPS in 86 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Adds steal in loss
Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 11-7 loss to the Reds.
Ramirez has collected six steals while batting .338 (23-for-68) over his last 17 games. The third baseman's now at 28-for-34 on the basepaths this season, in addition to his 24 home runs, 80 RBI, 87 runs scored and .281/.355/.479 slash line through 152 contests.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Kole Calhoun: Goes yard in Tuesday's loss
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 11-7 loss to the Reds.
Calhoun's blast put the Guardians ahead 5-4 in the third inning of the back-and-forth game. He's hitting just .171 with three homers and 10 RBI over 22 games in September, a notable decline from his work in August that helped to earn him steady playing time. The veteran is at a .222/.288/.386 slash line with six homers, 25 RBI, 18 runs scored and no stolen bases over 42 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Andres Gimenez: Pops 15th homer
Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 11-7 loss to the Reds.
Gimenez has homered twice in his last three games, and he's batting a strong .395 (17-for-43) over his last 11 contests. His long ball Tuesday gave him 15 on the year, though he'd have to stay hot to match his career high of 17 from last season. The second baseman is slashing .254/.317/.403 with 30 stolen bases, 62 RBI and 75 runs scored over 151 games in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' James Karinchak: Dealt fifth loss
Karinchak (2-5) allowed a run on two hits and struck out one over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss Tuesday versus the Reds.
Karinchak had posted 3.2 scoreless innings over his first four appearances back in the majors before faltering in the fifth inning Tuesday. The right-hander is now at a 3.29 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 52:25 K:BB with 13 holds and two blown saves over 38.1 innings this season. Karinchak is mostly seeing low-leverage work to finish the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Bo Naylor: Goes yard in return
Naylor went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 11-7 loss to the Reds.
The young backstop had missed the Guardians' prior two games with a thumb issue, but he quickly proved he was healthy by launching his 10th homer of the season off Hunter Greene in the second inning. Naylor is slashing .319/.476/.596 in September with three home runs, four steals, 11 RBI and 12 runs in 16 contests, and the 23-year-old appears to have cemented himself as Cleveland's catcher of both the present and the future.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Lucas Giolito: Struggles with command Tuesday
Giolito came away with a no-decision Tuesday in the Guardians' 11-7 loss to the Reds, coughing up five runs on four hits -- including three home runs -- and five walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out five.
Cleveland's offense kept trying to hand Giolito a lead, and he kept squandering it. The right-hander tossed only 50 of 98 pitches for strikes, and when he was over the plate he caught far too much of it as Luke Maile and Christian Encarnacion-Strand both took him yard in the third inning before Elly De La Cruz helped chase Giolito from the game with a solo shot in the fourth. He's served up 10 homers in just 25.2 innings since joining the Guardians' rotation, leaving him with a 6.66 ERA over that stretch despite an otherwise palatable 1.36 WHIP and 35:12 K:BB, and Giolito may have to settle for a one-year prove-it deal in free agency this winter after his 2023 struggles.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Bo Naylor: Back in action Tuesday
Naylor (thumb) will catch and bat eighth for the Guardians in Tuesday's game versus the Reds.
It will be the first action Naylor sees since he suffered a bruised right thumb during Friday's win over the Orioles. The rookie catcher will look to continue his strong finish to the season, as he'll carry a 1.020 OPS for the month into play Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Will Dion: Strong finish at Double-A
Dion logged a 1.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and a 43:8 K:BB in 38 innings over his final eight appearances for Double-A Akron.
A deceptive 5-foot-10 lefty with a fastball that sits in the low-90s and will even dip into the upper-80s, Dion is by no means overpowering. However, his changeup and curveball are quality offerings and hitters have a hard time picking up the ball out of his hand, which also allows his fastball to play up. After logging 83 innings at Double-A this year, Dion will likely spend much of 2024 in the Triple-A rotation and may even get a shot in the big leagues at some point.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Jhonkensy Noel: Shows improvement in second half
Noel slashed .246/.320/.451 with 14 home runs in 69 games during the second half for Triple-A Columbus.
Given that he is the second-youngest qualified hitter at Triple-A this year (behind Masyn Winn), Noel can be forgiven for struggling in the first half (.673 OPS). The 22-year-old has a 116.5 mph maximum exit velocity and a 106.3 mph 90th percentile exit velocity, but he also made too much soft contact (24.7 percent), so he could benefit in 2024 from being more selective at the plate.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Michael Kelly: Sent back to minors
Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
He was sent out in favor of Triston McKenzie ahead of the latter's return Sunday. Kelly holds a 3.78 ERA and 16:9 K:BB over 16.2 innings during his time in the big leagues this season.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Tanner Bibee: Shifts to 60-day IL
Bibee (hip) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
The Guardians needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Triston McKenzie. Bibee had already been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to right hip inflammation.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Tallies three hits Sunday
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Orioles.
Ramirez accounted for more than half of the Guardians' five hits in the game. He's hit well in September, batting .304 (28-for-92) with five stolen bases, three home runs and nine RBI over 23 games. For the season, the 31-year-old is up to a .281/.355/.481 slash line with 24 homers, 80 RBI, 86 runs scored, 27 stolen bases, 36 doubles and five triples through 151 contests.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Triston McKenzie: Struggles with command in return
McKenzie (0-2) took the loss Sunday, allowing three runs on one hit, six walks and no strikeouts over 1.2 innings against the Orioles.
McKenzie (elbow) was making just his third start of the season and first since June 10. He could never find his command in walking six batters while throwing just 19 of 52 pitches for strikes. Following a promising first inning, he gave up three runs in the second and was pulled after a third consecutive walk allowed the third run to cross the plate. The most important development for McKenzie, who had a 2.96 ERA over 191.1 innings in 2022, is that he appears to have left this start healthy. If the Guardians decide to roll him out for one more start, it will likely take place next weekend in Detroit.... See More ... See Less