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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 13, 2019 1:00 am


Indians' closer Hand ailing

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Cleveland Indians' bullpen will be a little shorthanded going into a key series.

All-Star closer Brad Hand was sent back to Cleveland on Wednesday for an MRI on his left arm. Manager Terry Francona said the MRI on the left-hander was clean.

However, Francona added that Hand – who is second in the AL with 34 saves – will likely not be available for this weekend's series against AL Central leader Minnesota.

The Indians trailed the Twins by 6˝ games a week ago, but have cut the margin to four after winning five of six on the road. They took two of three last weekend in Minnesota.

The Indians are just a half-game out of a postseason spot.

Extra innings

Milwaukee's Christian Yelich won't need surgery on his broken right kneecap, but the team says it's unlikely he'll return this season. Brewers general manager David Stearns says Yelich's recovery is expected to take eight to 10 weeks. ... Shohei Ohtani will miss the rest of the Los Angeles Angels' season to have surgery on his left kneecap. Ohtani will need eight to 12 weeks to recover.