Addition of Bruce to Tribes Lineup

Jay Bruce brings a veteran presence to a young and hungry club. Photo By: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jay Bruce trade for the Cleveland Indians was a very good trade for the Tribe. However, it creates an interesting logjam “if” Cleveland’s lineup is healthy. The word “if” is significant, in that it may not happen, but, let’s play around with different scenarios “if” Cleveland does get back to full health. Full health minus Cody Anderson and Boone Logan, as Anderson is out for the season and Logan might be out for the rest of the season.

Counting Logan and Anderson, the Indians have six men on the disabled list as Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrew Miller and Josh Tomlin are also listed on the DL while Jason Kipnis is listed as day-to-day as of now. When healthy, the Cleveland Indians have over 35 players that can rotate from the minors to the majors or to and from the disabled list as needed.

They can only keep 25 men on the team until September 1st when MLB teams are allowed to expand up to 40 men for the rest of the season. The problem is not September though. The problem is the playoffs, as the Indians have to go back down to a 25 man roster. Who would the Tribe pick?

Listed below are the players that have played for the Indians this year and are still currently in the organization.

Outfielders (eight):
Left-handed hitters: Brantley (LF), Bradley Zimmer (CF), Bruce (RF), Chisenhall (RF/CF), Tyler Naquin (CF)
Right-handed hitters: Brandon Guyer (OF) and Austin Jackson (OF)
Switch hitter: Abraham Almonte (OF)

Infielders (eight):
Left-handed hitters: Kipnis (2B)
Right-handed hitters: Edwin Encarnacion (1B/DH), Erik Gonzalez (2B/SS/3B), Giovanny Urshela (3B) and Yandy Diaz (3B)
Switch hitters: Jose Ramirez (3B/SS/2B), Francisco Lindor (SS) and Carlos Santana (1B/DH),

Catchers (two):
Right-handed hitters: Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez

Starting Pitchers (seven):
Right-handed: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger
Left-handed: Ryan Merritt

Bullpen (12):
Right-handed: Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero, Joe Smith, Shawn Armstrong, Nick Goody, Zach McAllister and Adam Plutko
Left-handed: Miller, Logan, Tyler Olson and Kyle Crockett

Go ahead and play manager or general manager for a moment. 37 names were just listed. The Indians need to get down to 25 for the playoffs. Assuming all of the players are healthy and able to play, who should the Indians select to fulfill the 25-man roster?

Comment below with opinions about who the Indians should put on or leave off of the 25-man playoff roster. A follow-up article to this decision will be on the way soon. Be sure to stay tuned for that update, and stay tuned to Blue HQ Media for the latest news on all of your favorite Midwest teams.

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Anthony Bianchi has been a lifelong baseball and Cleveland Indians fan. He was lucky enough to attend game 5 of the 1997 World Series as a child. He has received his Bachelor and Master degrees in classical music from the University of Akron. Anthony is excited to bring his knowledge of both Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians to Blue HQ Media.
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Brian Aingworth

Tough one, but I would remove Chisenhall, Naquin, Almonte, Kipnis, Diaz, Santana, Tomlin, Merritt, McAllister, Plutko, Miller, and Crockett

Tony Bianchi

Hi Brian, thanks for your comment. Check out my more recent article that was posted this morning. Interested to hear what you have to say about it. I think we have some disagreements but it’s at least a starting point for discussion.