The Indians returned home Friday following a seven-game road trip against Central Division rivals Detroit and Chicago. They took two of three from the Tigers before splitting a four-game series against the White Sox.
First-place Cleveland entered Friday five games over .500 at 36-31 and owning a 4 1/2-game lead in the division -- the weakest the Central has been in over a decade.
The Indians’ lead was the largest among all first-place teams in baseball.
As far as Tribe news is concerned, left-hander Andrew Miller remains on the disabled list and has yet to begin a minor league rehab assignment -- and may not before his return, which is still uncertain.
Miller has been throwing from the mound, but it looks as though the Indians will take this as long as they can to insure one of the game’s top relievers is healthy when it matters most.
-- Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was activated after a lengthy stint on the disabled list with a right calf injury that plagued him for much of last season. Instead of outfielder Greg Allen heading back to Triple-A Columbus to clear a spot on the roster for Chisenhall it was Bradley Zimmer, who has struggled with injuries and has been an offensive liability for much of the season after an impressive rookie year in 2017.
-- Also losing his roster spot was veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was designated for assignment when Brandon Guyer was activated from the injured list after a lengthy spell with a strained neck. Cabrera, who had a solid year last season, probably would have kept his job in the big leagues with more production, but he missed all of spring training and never really caught fire during his brief stay with the Indians.
-- The All-Star voting results were released for the first time, with the Indians well represented. Third baseman Jose Ramirez was tops at his position, while shortstop Francisco Lindor was second and outfielder Michael Brantley was fourth.