Cleveland Indians Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Logan has appeared in 10 games and tossed 4.2 innings out of the bullpen, registering a 1.93 ERA.
Impact: Often thought of as a lefty specialist, Logan has pitched better righties this season, as they are 1-for-7 against him. Meanwhile, lefties are 4-for-11. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old rarely throws a full inning. Out of his 10 appearances, he has faced more than two batters only three times.
News: Merritt is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA and 1.78 WHIP through four starts this season at Triple-A Columbus.
Impact: Command, Merritt's most valuable asset, has gone awry at the beginning of 2017. Despite his 2-1 record, Merritt is averaging 3.8 BB/9, more than double his average over six-plus MiLB seasons. Opponents have mustered 29 hits in 21.1 innings against the Clippers' starter, leading to an ugly .333 BAA. Despite playing hero for a day in the Tribe's ALCS Game 5 victory last year, the soft-throwing lefty obviously has some kinks in the armor that he'll need to work out before toeing a major-league rubber.
News: Morimando picked up his first win of the year for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday versus Lehigh Valley.
Impact: The left-hander was eyeing a big-league job when spring training opened, but was ultimately sent down to provide the organization with rotation depth. Morimando's early-season struggles with Columbus certainly haven't help his chances of earning a spot start for the Tribe anytime soon. Through four starts, the 24-year-old is 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, struggling with command (14:11 K:BB) and getting tagged by opposing hitters (.307 BAA) over 21.2 innings.
News: Plutko is off to a rough start this season with Triple-A Columbus, going 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA and 2.02 WHIP through four starts.
Impact: The flame-throwing righty can't find success at MiLB's highest level. He was promoted to Triple-A in 2016 after posting strong marks for Double-A Akron, but Plutko's numbers fell off upon his arrival in Columbus. The 25-year-old was projected to make a few spot starts this season for the Indians, but that option will will be put on hold until his performance improves.
News: Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Astros.
Impact: He now has a 10-game hitting streak, over which Brantley is batting .381 (16-for-42) with four homers, nine RBI, 11 runs and two steals. After a lost 2016, the 29-year-old looks completely healthy and back in top form.
News: Allen struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday to pick up his fourth save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Astros.
Impact: The Cleveland righty has been dominant to begin the season, striking out multiple batters in all but one of his appearances so far to give him a 17:1 K:BB through eight innings. Even with Andrew Miller in the bullpen alongside him, Allen remains the team's primary closer.
News: Bauer (2-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Astros.
Impact: Two-run homers in the fourth and sixth innings by Evan Gattis and Brian McCann accounted for all the damage against Bauer, and the right-hander now has an unsightly 6.26 ERA, fueled by a 2.0 HR/9 through 23 innings. He'll try to find a way to keep the ball in the park in his next start Monday on the road against the Tigers.
News: Almonte is back in the lineup Wednesday against Houston, playing right field and hitting seventh.
Impact: The outfielder ceded his outfield spot to Brandon Guyer Tuesday against the left-handed Dallas Keuchel, but he'll jump back in today against righty Lance McCullers. Almonte is hitting just .238 on the year, but he's been significantly better (.294) at home, so Wednesday's contest at Progressive Field give his daily projection a slight bump.
News: Gomes is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.
Impact: Gomes has turned things around at the plate as of late, batting .429 over the past week, but he'll get a night off nonetheless. Roberto Perez will fill in behind the dish for the evening.
News: Guyer believes his swing is in a good place, but a lack of plate discipline is hurting his early-season numbers, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Impact: The Indians traded for Guyer last season because of his ability to hit left-handers. In 2016, the outfielder dropped a .333 batting average alongside a 1.013 OPS in 123 at-bats versus southpaws. However, the 31-year-old has struggled against that group early in 2017, slashing .148/.179/.259 with five strikeouts through 27 at-bats (he had just 17 strikeouts against lefties last year). Guyer's not discouraged, though, and has an idea of how to rebound. "I'm getting there," he said. "It's a little slower process than it ever has been for me in the big leagues. The thing is I feel good at the plate. I feel like I'm swinging at bad pitches," Guyer added. "I'm getting in good counts for the most part. It's a weird game. You're going to be hot and cold and I'm cold right now. I know that will change. I'll keep putting the work in - brighter days are ahead."
News: Santana went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk Wednesday against the Astros.
Impact: He is batting .325 with 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
News: Allen recorded the final four outs for his fourth save Wednesday against Houston.
Impact: He's allowed one run and struck out 17 with one walk in eight innings this season.
News: Bauer allowed a pair of two-run homers in six innings in beating the Astros 7-6 on Wednesday.
Impact: After going 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts, Bauer has won his last two behind a 4.38 mark.
News: Kipnis singled twice and scored Wednesday against Houston.
Impact: Kipnis went 1 for 11 in his first four games of the season after coming off the DL last Friday.
News: Ramirez doubled, drove in a run and walked Wednesday against the Astros.
Impact: He's batting .404 with four homers, three doubles, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored over his last 12 games.
News: Brantley had an RBI double and a two-run single Wednesday against the Astros to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Impact: He's batting .381 (16 for 42) with four homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored over the hit streak.
News: Lindor doubled, walked and scored twice Wednesday against Houston.
Impact: Lindor has cooled off following a 12-game hit streak, going 4 for 22 with a homer in his last six contests.