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Guardians' Austin Hedges: Not in lineup
Hedges will sit Saturday against the Royals.
Hedges has managed to start 94 games this season despite his awful .167/.241/.254 slash line, but his defense-first profile doesn't help fantasy teams. Exciting offense-first catcher prospect Bo Naylor was called up for the first time Saturday, but it will be Luke Maile who gets the nod behind the plate on this occasion.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Bryan Shaw: Designated for assignment
Shaw was designated for assignment by the Guardians on Saturday.
Shaw made 60 appearances (two starts) for Cleveland in 2022 and converted his lone save chance while picking up seven holds. However, he served mainly as a middle reliever and posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 58.1 innings. It's not yet clear whether he'll remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Tyler Freeman: Sent down Saturday
Freeman was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
Freeman had lost out on playing time recently, as he was in the lineup for just two of the last 10 games. The 23-year-old will be cast off the active roster as part of a move after Bo Naylor's contract was selected Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Will Brennan: Not starting Saturday
Brennan isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Royals.
Brennan is riding a four-game hitting streak in which he's gone 5-for-12 with three runs, an RBI, two walks and two strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Oscar Gonzalez starts in right field and bats cleanup.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Day off Saturday
Ramirez isn't starting Saturday against the Royals.
Ramirez has gone 1-for-11 with a three-run homer, a walk and two strikeouts over the last three games, and he'll have a chance to rest Saturday. Gabriel Arias is taking over at the hot corner and batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Zach Plesac: Activated prior to start
Plesac (hand) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Plesac was initially slated to start Friday against Kansas City but was ultimately pushed back to Saturday. However, he'll officially have at least one more chance to pitch for the Guardians ahead of the playoffs. The right-hander will likely take on a bullpen role for Cleveland once the postseason begins.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Bo Naylor: Called up by Cleveland
Naylor was called up by the Guardians on Saturday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Naylor, whose brother Josh also plays for the Guardians, is one of the game's more interesting catching prospects. The 22-year-old doesn't have the greatest defensive reputation, though he's improved in that area this season. He's also hit .263/.392/.496 with 21 home runs and 20 steals in 118 games across the two highest levels of the minors. The Guardians have gotten a .495 OPS from Austin Hedges and a .604 OPS from Luke Maile this season, so Naylor seemingly doesn't have many obstacles to playing time, though the team could still prefer Hedges for his defense and game-calling, leaving Naylor to fight for at-bats as a designated hitter. He'll spend his first day with the big-league team watching from the bench.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Blasts 29th homer
Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 6-3 win over the Royals.
Every Guardian hitter had exactly one hit Friday, but Ramirez made his count the most with a three-run, go-ahead blast in the sixth inning. The third baseman struggled a bit in September, batting .229 with three homers, four steals, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored across 29 contests. He's still slashing an impressive .274/.351/.512 with 29 homers, 122 RBI, 87 runs scored and 18 steals in 153 contests overall. He needs just one more long ball to reach the 30-homer mark for the third time in his career.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Aaron Civale: Yields three runs
Civale (4-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits through six innings Friday, striking out five and earning a win over Kansas City.
The 27-year-old served up a two-run homer to Drew Waters in the third inning and a solo shot to Michael Massey in the fifth. Civale has given up two or fewer earned runs in eight of his last nine starts, posting a 3.00 ERA during that stretch. He'll carry a 5.04 ERA into his projected home matchup with the Royals next week to close out his season.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Emmanuel Clase: Locks down 40th save
Clase struck out two batters in a perfect inning to earn a save over the Royals on Friday.
Clase became the first pitcher to reach 40 saves this season and he's done so with just 44 chances. He had no issue finishing off Friday's 6-3 victory with 16 pitches, including 10 strikes. He's now sporting a 1.40 ERA with a 73:10 K:BB through 75 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Amed Rosario: Not starting Friday
Rosario isn't in the lineup Friday against the Royals.
Rosario was an everyday player for most of September, but he'll be held out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Gabriel Arias is taking over at shortstop and batting second.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Enyel De Los Santos: Grabs fifth win
De Los Santos (5-0) struck out two in a perfect inning to earn the win Thursday over the Rays.
De Los Santos kept the deficit to one run in the eighth inning, and the Guardians flipped the score with a two-run burst in their half of the frame. He's allowed four runs in 9.1 innings in September, securing two wins and a hold across 10 appearances. The 26-year-old right-hander hasn't seen a lot of high-leverage work, but he's been effective with a 2.98 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 59:16 K:BB through 51.1 innings while adding a save and three holds.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Trevor Stephan: Locks down third save
Stephan issued three walks and struck out two to earn the save in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rays.
Stephan loaded the bases with one out, but he struck out Ji-Man Choi and got Isaac Paredes to pop out to end the threat. Both closer Emmanuel Clase and top setup man James Karinchak had pitched in the previous two games, leaving Stephan with a rare save chance. This was only the fourth time in 64 appearances that Stephan had permitted multiple walks. He has a 2.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 81:18 K:BB while adding three saves, 19 holds and a 6-5 record through 62.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Cal Quantrill: Another quality start
Quantrill did not factor into the decision Thursday, allowing one run on three hits over six innings against the Rays. He struck out four.
Quantrill allowed an RBI single from David Peralta to open the scoring in the first inning but was without blemishes after that. The righty has put together a good stretch in his last eight games, recording a 2.38 ERA over 45.1 innings. In addition, the 27-year-old has turned in seven quality starts in his last 11 outings.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Zach Plesac: Start pushed back to Saturday
Plesac (hand) will now start Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
The right-hander was initially slated to return from the injured list to start Friday's matchup against Kansas City, but he'll be pushed back a day since Aaron Civale will now take the mound Friday. The altered rotation plans also mean that Civale lines up to start Wednesday's regular-season finale, while Saturday's start will likely be Plesac's last of the regular season. It's possible that Plesac moves to a bullpen role during the playoffs.... See More ... See Less