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Owen Miller returns against the Yankees; James Karinchak injury update

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Much of the Guardians’ recent issue with COVID-19 ended up being short-lived, save for any future speed bumps.

Owen Miller was taken off the COVID injured list ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, which resulted in a 10-2 loss for the Guardians. It was a day after the return of Cal Quantrill, who, along with Miller, made up half of the Guardians’ absences due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Reliever Anthony Castro and infielder Yu Chang remain unavailable.

Miller was on an absolute tear to open the season before having to miss five games on COVID IL, hitting .500 with a league-leading 1.510 OPS, two homers, seven doubles and seven RBIs.

The return of right-hander Miller resets first base, allowing the team to use him and left-handers Josh Naylor and Bobby Bradley, although Naylor also saw time in right field.

Although Miller gave the Guardians roster a well-deserved boost from sixth place, Bradley went the other way to start the season with two hits – one of them a single at bat. broken – and eight strikeouts in 16 appearances. .

Bradley has done enough in 2021 – .208 average, .739 OPS, 16 home runs in 245 at bats – to warrant a look this spring at first base, especially with Naylor injured to open the season. But he didn’t duplicate that to start the season. And with Miller and Naylor among the hottest hitters in the American League lately, Bradley’s road to regular batting may dwindle.

To make room for Miller on the active roster, the Guardians offered Konnor Pilkington to Triple-A Columbus. Pilkington, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Cesar Hernandez at last year’s trade deadline, pitched his first taste of the majors well, allowing two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings in three appearances.

Pilkington made the Guardians’ opening day roster in part because rosters dropped from 26 to 28 players until May 1, and he was a candidate to be sent out then.

After Quantrill, Miller and Castro were all put on COVID IL on the same day, the team called Kirk McCarty, Enyel De Los Santos and Tanner Tully to make sure they had enough pitchers to cover the next series. of matches.

Tully was opted for Triple-A when Quantrill returned on Saturday. Barring an injury, one of the other two rookies will likely return to Columbus by the time Castro can return and May 2 rolls around, forcing teams to cut rosters to 26 players.

April 23, 2022;  Bronx, New York, USA;  Cleveland Guardians center fielder Oscar Mercado (35) walked away from the outside stands after fans threw beer and water bottles at him after the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Guardians’ outfield is having a rough day after an incident with Yankees fans on Saturday

Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado rode a tense ninth inning in Saturday’s game, which ended in Yankees fans throw beer cans, water bottles and trash both while they were in the field.

Although Sunday’s game didn’t include any issues with the fans, both were involved in defensive errors. Mercado overshot a ball to right field that ended up rolling towards the wall and a subsequent miscommunication between Straw and Andres Gimenez in shallow center field proved to be a costly mistake.

Sunday’s starter Aaron Civale allowed six earned runs over three innings, raising his ERA to 9.58, though the outfield defense certainly didn’t help.

Steven Kwan leaves the game with a hamstring problem

Outfielder Steven Kwan left Sunday’s game in New York with a strained right hamstring, according to the Associated Press. Ernie Clement finished the game in left field.

Manager Terry Francona told reporters in New York after the game that Kwan was seen as a daily and his exit from the game was “preventive”.

Kwan hit the fence in left field in Saturday’s game. As he was being examined by medical personnel, Straw began yelling at Yankees fans, then scaled the fence to get closer.

James Karinchak progresses to bullpen session at team facility

Guardians reliever James Karinchak had the start of his season delayed after he had to be prevented from pitching with a right shoulder problem.

Karinchak is no longer showing symptoms and is launching 250 feet, according to a medical update provided by the team. Next up is a scheduled bullpen session at the team compound in Goodyear, Arizona.

Karinchak had a 2021 to forget, as he struggled mightily in the second half of the season while dealing with drops in speed and revs. He was eventually moved to Triple-A Columbus to work on these issues without the major league environment. He would be a big part of the goalie bullpen if he could regain a resemblance to his 2020 form, when he posted a 2.67 ERA and 17.7 K/9 rate.

Tyler Freeman participates in full team workouts

Tyler Freeman, the club’s No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, has continued his progress since shoulder rehabilitation. Freeman underwent surgery on his left shoulder last summer, which ended his 2021 season. Freeman began participating in full team training sessions.

Before the operation ended his season, Freeman hit .323 with an .842 OPS in 41 games with the RubberDucks. He will likely see extended time in Triple-A this season and could potentially make his major league debut later this year, although the Guardians have a crowded midfield image that includes Amed Rosario (unless he doesn’t). plays left field), Andres Gimenez, Gabriel Arias and potentially Chang once he returns from the COVID injured list.

Nolan Jones begins to strike in the cage, on the ground

Nolan Jones, the club’s former No.1-ranked prospect who now sits at No.6 after a 2021 drop, has also had his start to 2021 delayed due to left ankle and lower back issues. According to the club, he no longer has symptoms and is throwing 150 feet. He progressed to hitting in the cage and on the field in addition to taking fly balls in the outfield.

Jones seemed like a natural candidate to make his major league debut with Cleveland last year, either in infield or right field, but it never really became an option after he got off to a slow start. in Triple-A. He finished the season with 13 homers, 25 doubles, and a .356 on-base percentage, but he also struck out 122 times and hit just .238.

Jones primarily played third base and right field, as well as some work at first base. A hot streak in the minor leagues could open a door for him to the majors at some point this season or possibly next year, especially in right field.

Luke Maile begins a rehab mission

Wide receiver Luke Maile, who signed a one-year, $900,000 contract to back up Austin Hedges, has entered rehab as he recovers from a left hamstring injury.

Rookie Bryan Lavastida has taken on some catching duties behind Hedges, and he recently collected the first hit of his major league career, although it was his only hit in 12 at-bats.

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