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Indians President Chris Antonetti Speaks to the Media on Numerous Topics; Five Takeaways

1. The Bullpen

The Indians have run through quite a few arms thus far in 2018 trying to keep their bullpen afloat, and with Andrew Miller still on the shelf, it’s become an even harder process.

Antonetti said that paying attention to the depth of the unit as well as making a number of signings with the hopes of finding arms is a challenge, but all in all he has been happy of the recent progress with players like Neil Ramirez and Oliver Perez, who throwers who have nicely and are starting to gain more trust after getting some key outs in key moments recently.

“Having a little bit more stability in the bullpen is good to see and see guys fitting into roles,” Antonetti said.

There’s a long way to go, and there’s going to be plenty of rumors about the team going out and getting an arm before the trade deadline, but Antonetti says that for now it’s the team trying to get through the adversity of having four of their pen arms down with injury.

“This season we’ve had some unexpected performances, and some substantial injuries,” Antonetti said. “I’ve been encouraged about the way we’ve pitched over the last couple of weeks.”

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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