Cleveland Indians Player News: All Positions

News: Ramirez (knee) fielded ground balls Monday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: According to Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal, manager Terry Francona said Ramirez is feeling better after fouling a ball off his knee during Sunday's game against the White Sox. The skipper also noted that the third baseman's presence on the field Monday bodes well for his status for Thursday's season-opener against the Twins, though he wouldn't commit to anything. Ramirez should be considered day-to-day.
News: Ramirez (knee) is not in the lineup for Monday's exhibition game against the Rangers.
Impact: Ramirez fouled a ball off his knee Sunday against the White Sox, and while X-rays revealed no signs of a fracture, he isn't quite ready to rejoin the lineup. It remains to be seen whether the issue will affect his status for Opening Day. Max Moroff is starting at the hot corner Monday.
News: Manager Terry Francona implied Sunday that Naquin will open the season as the Indians' primary right fielder, barring any late personnel changes prior to Opening Day, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. "I don't want Naquin and Bauers to just be strictly platoon guys because I don't think it's healthy for them," Francona said. "...We'll see. We don't want anybody ever just sitting, but [Allen] has the ability to pinch-run, to do things like that."
Impact: Francona's comments are particularly notable, given that the lefty-hitting Naquin owns a pedestrian .250/.328/.365 career line in the majors versus same-handed pitching. Naquin has fared better than league average versus righties (109 wRC+), but has still struck out in 28.8 percent of those plate appearances and hasn't displayed much pop or speed. All told, Naquin doesn't offer an especially fantasy friendly profile and could see his run as the top option in right field end quickly once Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) and/or non-roster invitee Carlos Gonzalez are up with the big club. Defensive stalwart Greg Allen also looms as a threat to Naquin's playing time.
News: Manager Terry Francona suggested Sunday that Allen will likely be a reserve outfielder for the Indians to begin the season, barring any personnel changes prior to Opening Day, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. "I don't want [Tyler] Naquin and [Jake] Bauers to just be strictly platoon guys because I don't think it's healthy for them," Francona said. "...We'll see. We don't want anybody ever just sitting, but [Allen] has the ability to pinch-run, to do things like that."
Impact: Given that Bauers was the key piece the Indians acquired in the three-way deal over the winter that sent Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle, it was always likely that the 23-year-old would have an edge on a starting role in the corner outfield over Allen. It's a little more surprising that Naquin appears to have emerged as the team's preferred option in right field, which could relegate Allen to spot duty in the early going despite his strong finish to 2018 and excellent spring numbers (.364 average, 12 extra-base hits, 6-for-6 on stolen-base attempts). Allen can still provide an impact in the steals category even if limited to only a couple starts per week along with the occasional late-inning pinch-running opportunity, but the shaky playing-time outlook is harmful for his fantasy outlook nonetheless.