The Cleveland Indians placed two starters on the disabled list on Tuesday as the club put first baseman Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list due to a hyperextended left knee and third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The Indians rank seventh in MLB in runs and are fifth in on-base percentage despite getting next to nothing from Swisher and Santana who are expected to be the club’s leaders on offense along with Michael Brantley who is enjoying a breakout season that should result in him being at the All-Star Game this summer.
Swisher is hitting .211 with 17 runs scored, three home runs and 19 runs batted in. Santana has been worse as he’s hitting .159 but he is tied for third on the team with 23 runs scored, tied for second with six home runs and has 17 runs batted in.
The Indians are 24-28 and in last place in the American League Central division. The Tribe are 6.5 games behind the division-leading Detroit Tigers and are only 1.5 games behind the second place Chicago White Sox in a jumbled division.
If the Indians can get anything out of these two, they could make the division race in the central an interesting one down the stretch.