The Indians suffered a potentially significant blow on Friday, as outfielder Tyler Nakin was removed to a wheelchair after making a catch in the wall of the field (video via MLB.com's Klemish Dawn). He was announced a right knee twist by Mark Tupkin of Tampa Bay Times Tweet but this is just a preliminary estimate.
Manager Terry Francono told Clemish and others after the game that the Indians lost 4-0 that it was too early to "play doctor" . However, Francono added that "does not look good and we are very concerned." [1
Naquin production this year was 1.4 fWAR, leading Indians to go out of the field, not getting high-end numbers from anyone. The acquisition of the trading deadline by Jasiel Puig and by Francis Reyes (mostly DH) has not been as influential so far. Rookie Oscar Mercado slowed down considerably after the encouraging start. Greg Allen did not hit, nor did Jake Bowers (who was in the minors all month). Aggravating Issues Jordan Luplow – the most productive striker among Indian ports this year – has been in the IL since August 5 with a tense loin.
Adding all of the above highlights the importance of Nakin to Cleveland, whose group of linebackers just took a huge blow last weekend when third baseman Jose Ramirez suffered a broken bone in his right hamstring. hand. The club still has AL's No. 1 album for half a game, but if Naquin heads to IL, its lineup will remain three regular members.