Cleveland Indians Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Milner is outside the bubble in the race for one of the Tribe's few bullpen vacancies, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Impact: The chance of Milner making the Opening Day roster took a hit when the Indians signed lefty Boone Logan earlier this month. Logan gave the team's bullpen a second southpaw to go along with Andrew Miller, leaving the club little space, if any, for another left-handed reliever. The Tribe selected Milner in the Rule 5 Draft at the winter meetings for $100,000. They can send him back to the Phillies and get half their money back or carry him on the 25-man roster for the upcoming season. The former appears to be the most-likely scenario.
News: Cooney, who recently overcame a shoulder injury that caused him to have surgery last year, is dealing with a left forearm problem, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Impact: So far, Cooney's surgically-repaired shoulder has held up well in camp, but now there's a new ailment impeding his progress toward an Opening Day roster spot. There hasn't been much word on the extent of his forearm issue, but any setback for Cooney could see him cut by mid-spring. With 20 pitchers in camp, and only a few bullpen slots left to fill, Cooney could be the first man out when rosters begin to thin in the coming weeks.
News: Sources say the Indians have no certainty for when Brantley (shoulder) will debut this season, despite the optimism offered by general manager Mike Chernoff and other officials, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Impact: Heyman suggests 2017 is a lot like 2016, in that Cleveland is hoping Brantley can make significant progress. His complex surgeries and recovery should force fantasy owners to express similar caution, though as his price craters, it'll be hard to pass on the talented bat, for whatever portion of the season he plays.
News: Kluber said he's planning to take the mound on Opening Day, though manager Terry Francona said if Kluber isn't ready, the Indians might delay his debut, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: Kluber isn't injured, but Cleveland wants to limit him this spring considering the right-hander has logged more than 700 innings in the last three years, including the postseason. Perhaps he'll miss a handful of starts during the season even if healthy, though despite concerns over his recent workloads, he's still one of fantasy's best starting pitchers.
News: Zimmer is nearly ready for the major leagues and should make his debut later in the 2017 season, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
Impact: The Indians' No. 5 prospect not only should make his MLB debut this season, but Zimmer could steal a starting role before the campaign is over. Outfield is arguably the Indians' greatest weakness entering 2017 (two of the three positions are slated for platoons to open the season), so Zimmer has an open door available if he can perform well in the minors early on. His power/speed combination is certainly alluring, but the fact that he whiffed at a 37.3 percent clip as a 23-year-old at Triple-A last season is a pretty big red flag. A low batting average should be expected, at least early in his big league career. He is much less flawed in OBP leagues.
News: Santana and his manager Terry Francona have discussed getting the slugger some outfield reps later this spring, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
Impact: Santana, who's expected to split time with Edwin Encarnacion between first base and designated hitter, reached out to Francona to express his willingness to play outfield. Under the current arrangement, Santana would be the odd-man out when the Tribe visits NL parks for interleague play. His at-bat total would get a slight boost if he can manage to play outfield during the team's four stops at NL venues in 2017.
News: Anderson, who underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow in November, is in the race for one of the last remaining bullpen spots on the big league roster, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
Impact: Anderson appeared in 19 games for the Tribe last season, in nine of which he was the starting pitcher. He struggled his way to a 6.68 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 60.2 innings while opposing hitters racked up a .333 BAA. Nearly all of Anderson's professional career has been spent as a starter, and the righty has proven he can deal effectively. In 468.2 minor-league innings, the 26-year-old who was drafted by the Indians in 2011, owns a solid 3.46 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.1 K/9. Although he's being considered for a relief role, Anderson is best-suited to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Columbus while serving as depth for the MLB starting staff.