Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line 2017 Closer Updated
CLE *Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw Andrew Miller 8/31/16

*  = closer-by-committee

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Previous updates:

August 31, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen threw 37 pitches on Monday, so as predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Andrew Miller picked up the save on Tuesday night. He remains a reliable option in the ninth inning should Allen either falter or need a night off.

Hierarchy remains: *Allen | Miller | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 23, 2016
Cleveland Indians – As mentioned in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Andrew Miller got the save opportunity last night — pitching a perfect ninth with three strikeouts — while Cody Allen got a rest. Aside from a bad outing last Wednesday, Allen has been efficient and effective lately, and with Miller pitching out of his mind, there’s a lot to like about the Cleveland bullpen. However, regardless of which player you own, Tito Francona still doesn’t seem all that committed to your fantasy team’s success.

Hierarchy remains: *Allen | Miller | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 17, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen owners can keep rejoicing, as their man picked up another save for Cleveland on Tuesday. Andrew Miller perhaps was more impressive, however, as he mowed down the 9-through-5 hitters on just 16 pitches in the seventh and eighth innings. Terry Francona remains committed to using Miller against the best batters and frustrating Miller owners everywhere.

Hierarchy remains: *Allen | Miller | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 15, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Andrew Miller pitched the 7th and 8th innings in a one-run ballgame yesterday before giving way to Cody Allen, who picked up the save. Terry Francona continues to use Miller as a fireman, and the results so far have been very good — though not for Miller’s fantasy value. Sunday marked his 6th appearance as an Indian, of which only one was a save chance. Miller does have three holds in that span, but for now, we’re going to slide Allen back to the top of the committee, since he’s being used as a more traditional closer at the moment.

Updated hierarchy: *Allen | Miller | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 14, 2016
Cleveland Indians – The Indians won by four on Saturday so it wasn’t a save opportunity, but manager Terry Francona still used all three members on our hierarchy.  Bryan Shaw pitched a perfect seventh inning, and then it was Andrew Miller in the eighth and Cody Allen in the ninth.  We will leave Miller as the head of the committee for now, but it’s looking like Allen could see more save chances down the stretch if Francona continues to use Miller before the ninth.

Hierarchy remains: *Miller | Allen | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 10, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Don’t say we didn’t warn you. With a runner on second and Cleveland holding on to a 2-0 lead, Andrew Miller was summoned in the seventh inning. He got out of the jam, and despite allowing a leadoff home run in the eighth, he retired the next hitter before Cody Allen picked up the save in the ninth. It’s become quite clear that Terry Francona and his staff are not afraid to use Miller in unconventional spots if deemed necessary to win.

Hierarchy remains: *Miller | Allen | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 7, 2016
Cleveland Indians – It wasn’t fun for Andrew Miller, but he did pick up his first save since being traded to Cleveland.  The Indians’ hope to be able to use Miller to close out games, but manager Terry Francona also likes Miller’s versatility.  Miller will occasionally be used in big spots prior to the 9th inning, but should see the majority of save chances.

Updated hierarchy: *Miller | Allen | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 5, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Losers of three straight games against the hapless Minnesota Twins, the first-place Indians were desperate for a win Thursday. Things were so desperate that manager Terry Francona turned to Andrew Miller with a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning — no, not the 9th… or even the 8th. Miller recorded four outs to secure a hold (though some ESPN Fantasy players may have seen that for a time Thursday, ESPN credited Miller with a hold AND a save). Tito’s explanation after the game? “I prefer not to use him that early,” said Francona. “That won’t have happen a lot. This was a little bit of a unique situation. Cody (Allen), Bryan Shaw and Miller were probably going to finish the game. So to wait, didn’t seem to make any sense.” Notice the order Francona said those names. We’ll read into it a little bit, but not too much, and designate this situation a committee. Miller may be called upon to get the most crucial outs at any point in a game, while Allen may pick up more saves if Miller has already been used.

Updated hierarchy: *Miller | Allen | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

July 31, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Trade deadline day began with a bang as closer Andrew Miller was traded to the Indians for several prospects. It’s unclear who will close for Cleveland right away, though one beat writer is guessing Miller will supplant Cody Allen. Follow this page for updates.

Updated hierarchy: Miller | Allen | Shaw.

July 7, 2016
Cleveland Indians — It’s been seven weeks since we talked to you about the Cleveland bullpen, but Zach McAllister has forced our hand. The righty started on Saturday after a 19-inning affair and got shelled by Toronto; on Wednesday, he came in for the seventh down six runs and gave up four more. Jeff Mansihp Manship (2.13 ERA, five holds) and Dan Otero (1.36 ERA, 8.45 K/9) are each pitching better than McAllister — and adding Otero gives the Indians the most anagrammable hierarchy in the league.

Updated hierarchy: Lonely Cad | Brash Yawn | Neat Odor.

May 19, 2016
Cleveland Indians – The Indians benefitted from more failures in the Cincinnati bullpen on Wednesday, but it took 12 innings for them to lock up the win. Dan Otero picked up his first save of the year after the regulars for the Tribe had already pitched, but he doesn’t normally feature in the back end of Cleveland’s bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

April 17, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Bryan Shaw had another rough outing yesterday.  He gave up four runs, including two home runs, and now has given up nine earned runs on the season.  Shaw has been a key part of the Indians’ bullpen for the past couple years so we would expect Terry Francona to keep running him out there in the late innings.  However, with Zach McAllister and Jeff Manship both sporting 0.00 ERAs, Shaw will have to pitch better to keep the job as the primary set-up man.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

April 10, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Bryan Shaw came on in the 7th inning yesterday to protect a one-run lead, but left after giving up five runs.  Zach McAllister came on to strike out Alex Avila to end the inning.  Manager Terry Francona said he went with Shaw over McAllister in the 7th inning based on matchups.  We will slot McAllister onto our hierarchy and he could move to first in line behind closer Cody Allen if Shaw has any more outings like yesterday.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

February 29, 2016
Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen will close again for the Indians in 2016, and Bryan Shaw should return to the set-up role.  Zach McAllister will get a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation, but is more likely to end up at the back end of the bullpen.  Jeff Manship is coming off an incredible year, and we’ll slide him into 2nd in line while McAllister fights for a rotation spot.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Manship.
Holds candidates: Shaw, Manship.

September 15, 2015
Cleveland Indians – Jeff Manship has pitched lights-out this season after transitioning from a below-average starter to a reliable bullpen arm for the Indians. Prior to this season, he was the owner of a 6.46 ERA in 72 career games with the Twins, Rockies, and Phillies. This year has been a different story. In 31 innings pitched, Manship has a 1.16 ERA and 0.71 WHIP.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Manship.

July 20, 2015
Cleveland Indians – After Cody Allen blew the save in the 9th, Zach McAllister got the last two outs in the 11th after the Indians had retaken the lead. Despite the blown save, Allen’s job is perfectly safe.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

July 9, 2015
Cleveland Indians — After being held out of a clear save opportunity on Tuesday due to a stiff back, Cody Allen was back in action on Wednesday and pitched a perfect 9th for his 17th save of the year. It looks like he will be fine going forward.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

July 8, 2015
Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen has been suffering from a stiff back, and it kept him out of Tuesday’s game, which Bryan Shaw saved in the ninth. Manager Terry Francona said that he expects Allen to be available out of the bullpen on Wednesday.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

July 4, 2015
Cleveland Indians — After Zach McAllister retired the final batter in the seventh, Bryan Shaw came on and struck out two batters in the eighth. Shaw and his 1.88 ERA have moved ahead of McAllister in the Tribe pen.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

June 19, 2015
Cleveland Indians — Bryan Shaw picked up his first save on Thursday night, but there’s nothing wrong with closer Cody Allen. During a long rain delay, manager Terry Francona had a lot of time to consider how to handle a bases-loaded threat in a tied fifth inning. Francona turned to Allen in the most pivotal moment of the game, and he got a fly out to end the danger, then followed with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. Zach McAllister then tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, leaving Shaw with the opportunity in the ninth. It’s safe to say this game featured some strange circumstances, and that Allen is still Francona’s man.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | McAllister | Shaw.

June 13, 2015
Cleveland Indians — Nick Hagadone’s recent usage puts him back behind Bryan Shaw in the Indians’ hierarchy.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | McAllister | Shaw.

June 1, 2015
Cleveland Indians – After almost every other reliever in the Indians pen had been used, Austin Adams picked up his first career save in the 12th inning on Sunday. Adams has good numbers thus far, but does not factor in to the Indians usual late inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | McAllister | Hagadone.

May 31, 2015
Cleveland Indians — With the Indians up 1 run and the bases loaded in the 7th inning, Nick Hagadone got the call.  Hagadone struck out Kyle Seager on three pitches with the help of a new cutter.  He would stay on to get the first 2 outs on the 8th inning before giving way to closer Cody Allen, who picked up a four out save.  Manager Terry Francona likes that Hagadone can get both righties and lefties out, and he has trusted the lefty in big spots late in games.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | McAllister | Hagadone.

May 23, 2015
Cleveland Indians — We think Zach McAllister, who got the call again in the eighth last night (albeit with a four-run lead), has moved ahead of Bryan Shaw, who gave up two runs on Thursday. McAllister has allowed one run (and struck out 21) in his last 12 appearances.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | McAllister | Shaw.

May 21, 2015
Cleveland Indians – Zach McAllister pitched the eighth inning ahead of Cody Allen last night. Despite taking a loss on Monday, he has found himself pitching in higher-leverage spots as of late mainly due to his ability to make hitters miss with a 10.8 K/9 ratio. Manager Terry Francona recently praised McAllister and his usage suggests that he may get a crack at save opportunities if Cody Allen, who allowed another run on Wednesday, is unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | McAllister.

April 30, 2015
Cleveland Indians – Zach McAllister entered the seventh with a two-run lead and struck out three in two innings to earn his first hold of the season. The Cleveland bullpen has struggled mightily this season and it may be due to a heavy workload. If manager Terry Francona wishes to rest guys more often, pitchers like McAllister may see more hold opportunities. This may also mean that both Bryan Shaw and Nick Hagadone see time in the eighth, but time will ultimately tell.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Hagadone.

April 21, 2015
Cleveland Indians – Nick Hagadone is getting more opportunities in the late innings — he shared the 8th inning with Bryan Shaw last night — and is in line for more holds going forward. Cody Allen, meanwhile, imploded in the 9th, surrendering 4 runs and blowing a 3-run lead. He’s been very shaky so far this year, but after a stellar 2014 campaign, we don’t think his job is in jeopardy quite yet.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Hagadone.

March 6, 2015
Cleveland Indians – The Indians return the core of their bullpen for 2015. Cody Allen took over for John Axford in the middle of 2014 and never looked back. Manager Terry Francona has nothing but good things to say about Allen, who will start a season as closer for the first time in his young career. Brian Shaw and Scott Atchison did a nice job in the 7th and 8th innings last year and should return to those roles to start this upcoming season. Nick Hagadone could be a guy to watch, as he is a big, hard-throwing lefty with good strikeout potential.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Atchison.
Holds candidates: Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski.

September 23, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Unbeknownst to us, Cody Allen couldn’t come back out for the tenth inning of the Indians’ suspended game against the Royals, because rookie lefty Kyle Crockett had already been announced as the new pitcher before the game was called in late August. That left it to Scott Atchison to pick up the save, 22 days later.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Atchison.

September 21, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Marc Rzepczynski picked up a four out save last night.  Rzepczynski came on with two men on base in the 8th inning and the Indians up four runs.  He struck out the only batter he faced in the 8th and then pitched a 1-2-3 9th to record his first save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Atchison.

August 15, 2014
Cleveland Indians – The Indians placed John Axford on waivers earlier this month, and yesterday, he was claimed by the Pirates, who will pick up the remaining $1.1 million of his salary. We’ll leave him off the Pirates hierarchy until we see how they’re going to use him, but in Cleveland, look for Scott Atchison to continue his recent run of 7th inning holds.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Atchison.

August 5, 2014
Cleveland Indians — John Axford entered the eighth with two runners in scoring position and the Tribe holding a four-run lead. He got the final two outs of the frame and remained on the mound to close out the 7-1 win, picking up his 10th save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

July 15, 2014
Cleveland Indians – The Tribe has to be pleased with the way their bullpen has shaped up after a rocky start. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

June 17, 2014
Cleveland Indians — The usual suspects in the Indians’ bullpen were tuckered out – Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw had pitched in three straight games and John Axford was used in consecutive contests – which allowed an opportunity for Carlos Carrasco to pick up his first career save on Monday night. Carrasco certainly earned it, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings of work.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

June 8, 2014
Cleveland Indians — John Axford pitched a scoreless 9th inning with the Indians up 5 yesterday.  Manager Terry Francona wants Axford to eventually return to the closer’s role but Cody Allen is pitching well so we don’t think the Indians will make a change at this time.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

June 3, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Bryan Shaw had a tough go of it in the eighth inning of Monday’s 3-2 win against the Red Sox, giving up a two-run homer before ceding way to Marc Rzepczynski, who recorded the final out of the frame. However, Shaw can smile knowing he isn’t this Bryan Shaw, who had a much worse Monday.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

May 31, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen picked up his 2nd save of the season last night.  After pitching in the 8th inning on Wednesday, the Indians saved Allen for the 9th on Friday.  He faced the heart of the Rockies lineup, pitching a perfect inning while striking out Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.  It was an impressive outing and Allen definitely looks like the guy to own in the Cleveland bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

May 29, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Both Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen struggled at Chicago on Wednesday night, with Allen giving up a go-ahead run in the eighth inning before Shaw took the loss in the ninth. Thursday brings a much-needed day off for the Tribe, but it will be interesting to see who Francona turns to in the late innings this weekend.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

May 23, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Scott Atchison picked up a 13th inning save on Thursday. Cody Allen and John Axford had already pitched, and Bryan Shaw was unavailable.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

May 21, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Bryan Shaw pitched the seventh and eighth innings up three runs, yielding to Cody Allen for the ninth — although by then the Indians had scored another run to eliminate the save situation. Without that run, this would have been the second straight save chance for Allen, who hit 100 mph on the radar gun on Tuesday. We interpret this as a sign that he’s the favored option in the committee. He’s pitched on three straight days, though, so don’t lose faith when he doesn’t get called on Wednesday.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Shaw | Axford.

May 20, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen blew the save on Monday, his first blown chance of the season. It marked his second straight bad outing, as he allowed three earned runs without recording an out on Sunday. Bryan Shaw should get the next save chance, while Allen may soon find himself below John Axford in the Indians’ committee.

Hierarchy remains: Shaw | Allen | Axford.

May 19, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Speculators have spent the better part of the last week arguing the merits of Bryan Shaw vs Cody Allen, but in the meantime, John Axford has been quietly turning things around. Yesterday, he struck out the only two hitters he faced, bringing him to 3.1 scoreless, hitless innings (4 Ks, 2 BBs) since his demotion. With both Tito Francona and the other Indians relievers pulling for Axford to win his job back, the recent stretch might put him in line for saves again relatively soon.

Updated hierarchy: Shaw | Allen | Axford

May 12, 2014
Cleveland Indians – Marc Rzepczynski was struggling in the 8th inning, so Cody Allen came on to clean up the mess, but the de facto leader of Cleveland’s closer by committee struggled to throw a strike, ultimately hitting a batter and allowing a base hit and sacrifice fly before escaping the inning. With Allen having thrown 22 pitches, the 9th went to Bryan Shaw, who pitched a clean frame for the save. It’s hard to know what would have happened if Scrabble hadn’t needed the 8th inning bailout — had he gotten through the 8th, it might’ve been Allen who got the save opp. Regardless, managers tend not to mess with formulas they’ve had success with, so Shaw’s spotless outing inches him into the lead for saves in Cleveland. We suspect Allen could still get 9th inning chances while John Axford sorts himself out, though Francona’s tendency to summon him in high-leverage spots, regardless of the inning, might end up hurting his value. Hierarchy change: Bryan Shaw to Closer, Cody Allen to Set-up.

May 10, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Terry Francona announced this afternoon that John Axford will be replaced in the closer role by a committee that could include Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Scott Atchison, and even Marc “Scrabble” Rzepczynski. We’re betting that Allen will take the job and make it his own. Hierarchy change: Cody Allen to Closer, Bryan Shaw to Set-Up, Scott Atchison to 2nd in line.

May 10, 2014
Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen recorded his first save of the season last night.  The Indians brought on John Axford for the 9th with a 4-run lead.  Axford gave up 2 hits and 2 walks and Cody Allen came on with the bases loaded.  Allen got James Loney to fly out for his first save of the season.  Axford has given up 5 runs in his last 4 outings, including 2 losses, and Allen could take over as closer if Axford’s struggles continue.   John Axford to Hot Seat.

May 7, 2014
Cleveland Indians — After eight weeks, we finally have a reason to talk about the Indians’ bullpen: Bryan Shaw’s vulture save last night, in lieu of the tired John Axford. No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
Cleveland Indians — The Ax Man hopes to cut down his sky-high WHIP now that he’s no longer tipping his pitches. Cody Allen is lurking. Axford is ranked #20 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Cleveland Indians  –The Indians removed Chris Perez as closer at the end of last season and then cut him in the off-season.  They brought in John Axford to close and they are hoping he is as successful at finishing games as he is at picking the Oscars.  Cody Allen should serve as the primary set up man as he struck out 88 batters in 70 innings and finished with an ERA under 2.50 last season.  Bryan Shaw and Vinnie Pestano could also be in the mix for saves if Axford struggles.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – John Axford, Set-up – Cody Allen, 2nd in line – Bryan Shaw.

September 27, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez is officially out as closer, and will be replaced by a committee of relievers that includes most of the bullpen.  Former No. 1 starter Justin Masterson, recovering from an oblique injury, is among the best bets for the 9th inning, as mentioned this morning.  Joe Smith is neck-and-neck with Masterson, with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw close behind.  Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to Closer, Justin Masterson to Set-up.  

September 27, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez got the dreaded “vote of confidence” from Terry Francona after a blown save on Tuesday, and followed it up on Thursday by getting shelled in a non-save opp.  Joe Smith is the best bet for saves if yesterday’s outing costs Perez his job for the remainder of the season.  Recently converted starter Justin Masterson is also an option. Chris Perez to Hot Seat.

September 21, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Bryan Shaw got the save in a rain shortened game last night. No hierarchy change.

September 4, 2013
Cleveland Indians — On a night where Chris Perez gave up a three-run homer and barely held on for the victory, it was Cody Allen, not Bryan Shaw, who pitched the seventh in front of Joe Smith. Shaw has been pitching as early as the fifth inning in recent days. In other news, Vinnie Pestano was recalled from Columbus on Tuesday and could also get a shot at some high-leverage innings down the stretch. Hierarchy change: Cody Allen to 2nd in line, replacing Bryan Shaw.

August 20, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Bryan Shaw finished the seventh to pick up his ninth hold of the year, and third in his last eight appearances. Cody Allen, on the other hand, has only one hold in his last 16 games. Hierarchy change: Bryan Shaw to 2nd in line, replacing Cody Allen.

August 15, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Joe Smith picked up a save in the twelfth inning on Wednesday after Chris Perez gave up a game-tying home run in the tenth. No hierarchy change.

August 5, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Joe Smith pitched the 8th ahead of Chris Perez in both games this weekend, and has temporarily reclaimed his job as primary set-up man in Cleveland.  Cody Allen has struggled lately, having allowed 3 runs and 7 hits over his last 3.1 innings of work.  Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to Set-up, Cody Allen to 2nd in line.

July 17, 2013
Cleveland Indians — The Indians need to add a lefty arm and perhaps replace Vinnie Pestano, but Chris Perez and Cody Allen are pretty secure. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

July 13, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen picked up his second save of the season last night as Chris Perez was given the night off after pitching in 5 of the past 6 games.  Cody Allen has 52 ks in 39.2 innings this season and should continue to see save opportunities if Perez is unavailable.  Hierarchy change: Cody Allen to Set-up, Joe Smith to 2nd in line.

July 9, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Vinnie Pestano’s failure to thrive after returning from an elbow injury has finally resulted in his demotion from the 8th inning role. Terry Francona says that Joe Smith will take over setup duties, with Cody Allen filling in when necessary — although the goal is to rehabilitate Pestano to his 2012 form. Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to Set-up, Cody Allen to 2nd in line.

June 29, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Vinnie Pestano picked up the save in game 2 of the doubleheader last night.  Chris Perez had already thrown a perfect inning in game 1.  Perez is still the closer but if he struggles at all Pestano has proved that he can handle the job.   No hierarchy change.

June 27, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez, sidelined since May 27 with a strained rotator cuff, will be activated today and will resume closing immediately.  Vinnie Pestano, who picked up five saves in his absence, will move back to a set-up role.  Hierarchy change: Chris Perez to Closer, Vinnie Pestano to Set-up, Joe Smith to 2nd in line.

June 26, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Chris Perez pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday night, and a return to the Indians should follow very shortlyNo hierarchy change.

June 20, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez was originally scheduled to be activated on Friday, but has been getting knocked around in his rehab appearances, and now the Indians are saying Perez needs a few more days to get sharp.  Vinnie Pestano might get an extra save or two as a result.  No hierarchy change.

June 6, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez is under investigation after a package containing marijuana was delivered to his home.  He hasn’t been charged with anything, but obviously, any lengthy suspension would put his season in doubt and greatly increase Vinnie Pestano’s value.  No hierarchy change.

May 29, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Chris Perez had an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. The injury is not expected to be serious, and Perez should return from the disabled list on or around June 11. No hierarchy change.

May 28, 2013
Cleveland Indians — As we predicted, Terry Francona has given Vinnie Pestano the closer’s mantle in Chris Perez’s absence, insisting that the righthander’s recent drop in velocity is nothing to worry about. As for the rest of the Indians’ bullpen, Bryan Shaw was used Monday night to finish off a 4-2 loss; 2011 draft pick Cody Allen has edged him out ever-so-slightly. Hierarchy change: Cody Allen to 2nd in line, replacing Bryan Shaw.

May 27, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez has been put on the 15-day DL with right shoulder soreness.  Manager Terry Francona did not say anything about a replacement for Chris Perez in the postgame yesterday, but Vinnie Pestano seems like the logical choice.  He recorded a franchise record 36 holds and also a couple saves when Perez was unavailable last season.   He has struggled a little bit so far this year but Francona is impressed with what Pestano has done the past couple seasons.  Joe Smith got the call yesterday in the ninth,  Peter Gammons thinks it might be Bryan Shaw, but acknowledges how well Cody Allen has been pitching.  We will continue to monitor this situation to see who emerges as the closer while Perez is sidelined.   No hierarchy change.

May 26, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Chris Perez left Sunday’s game early, favoring his arm after throwing a pitch.  The Indians went on to lose after Joe Smith gave up the game-winning hit on the next pitch.  Vinnie Pestano stands to get first crack at saves if Perez’s injury is serious.  Hierarchy change: Vinnie Pestano to Closer, Joe Smith to Set-up, Bryan Shaw to 2nd in line, Chris Perez injured.

May 24, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Scott Barnes picked up his first career save on Thursday, a three-inning effort that closed out an Indians blowout.  He does not factor in to Cleveland’s usual late-inning plans.  No hierarchy change.

May 18, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Vinnie Pestano returned from the DL last night and picked up the win in extra innings.  He should immediately return to the set-up role. Hierarchy change: Vinnie Pestano to Set-up, Joe Smith to 2nd in line.

May 13, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen picked up a one-inning save in the 10th inning for the Indians on Sunday.  Chris Perez experienced some mild stiffness as he was warming up, but expects to be fine tomorrow.  No hierarchy change.

May 7, 2013
Cleveland Indians — Vinnie Pestano was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore right elbow. Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to Set-up, Bryan Shaw to 2nd in line.

April 4, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Joe Smith picked up the save for the Indians in the 11th inning last night.  Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano had already pitched.  No hierarchy change.

February 24, 2013
Cleveland Indians – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Chris Perez, Set-up- Vinnie Pestano, 2nd in line- Joe Smith.

September 4, 2012
Cleveland Indians – Vinny Pestano picked up his second save of the season as Chris Perez was still out on paternity leave. Perez is expected to be back on Tuesday and will resume closing duties when he comes back. No hierarchy change.

September 2, 2012
Cleveland Indians – Vinny Pestano pitched for 1 out in the 8th, and stayed on to close the game. Chris Perez was unavailable because he just had a child, and should resume closing duties when he comes back. No hierarchy change.

July 13, 2012
Cleveland Indians – The trade rumors surrounding the Indians have generally been centered on hitting, as they seem unlikely to be shopping for any relief help at the deadline. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 17, 2012
Cleveland Indians – Nick Hagadone’s ERA rose to 4.98 after he got knocked around by the Pirates on Saturday. After Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano, the Indians bullpen has been shaky. Only Joe Smith has been reliable in recent weeks, as he’s only allowed 1 run in his past 7.2 innings. Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to 2nd in line, replacing Nick Hagadone.

May 8, 2012
Cleveland Indians – As predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano were both held out of Cleveland’s doubleheader on Monday, and Cleveland went to young lefty Nick Hagadone in the first game. Tony Sipp got the save in game 2, but Hagadone (1.08 ERA) has been the Indians most impressive middle reliever as of late. Hierarchy change: Nick Hagadone to 2nd in line, replacing Joe Smith.

April 12, 2012
Cleveland Indians- The middle-inning portion of the Indians bullpen continues to be shaky, as lefty specialist Rafael Perez had a bad outing on Wednesday. Joe Smith, who in past years has been used exclusively against righties, has been one of the few steady arms thus far, and this year is being used against both lefties and righties. Hierarchy change: Joe Smith to 2nd in line, replacing Rafael Perez.

April 8, 2012
Cleveland Indians- Tony Sipp was shelled on Saturday, two days after he looked shaky in the season’s opener. For the time being, the Indians will likely call on Rafael Perez when they need a lefty, at least while Sipp works himself out. Hierarchy change: Rafael Perez to 2nd in line, replacing Tony Sipp.

March 19, 2012
Cleveland Indians- Chris Perez is injured and may miss the start of the season. Vinnie Pestano could see some saves early in the season but there is no doubt that Chris Perez will be the closer when healthy Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Chris Perez, Set-up- Vinnie Pestano, 2nd in line- Tony Sipp.

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