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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Indians call up touted closer

Associated Press

CLEVELAND – The Indians have brought up highly touted reliever James Karinchak for their biggest series this season while waiting for All-Star closer Brad Hand.

Cleveland added the 23-year-old to the roster Friday before opening a three-game set against AL Central-leading Minnesota. The Twins lead the Indians by 31/2 games.

Hand was sent back to Cleveland for an MRI on Thursday.

Extra innings

Yankees manager Aaron Boone says he's “optimistic” both Edwin Encarnación and Gary Sanchez will be able to return before the end of the season. Also, right-hander Luis Severino, who hasn't pitched this season because of shoulder soreness, is expected to make his debut Tuesday for the Yankees, and left-hander Jordan Montgomery will return from elbow surgery Sunday. Left-hander J.A. Happ had a cortisone injection in his troublesome left biceps muscle Friday and is expected to pitch against the Angels next week. ... Atlanta reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis (wrist) from the 10-day injured list.