Cleveland Indians: How close to a return are Tribe’s injured stars?

Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Zach Plesac
Starting pitcher Zach Plesac #34 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

How close to a return are Cleveland Indians injured stars?

Despite a lot of negatives in the news so far this season, the Cleveland Indians have somehow managed to get to 10 games above .500 to this point in the season with a 38-28 record. The success has not only been a bit surprising for the club, but it’s happened without some of the team’s best players.

Over the last month or so, the Tribe have lost nearly every well known name on the roster, with the exception of only maybe a few who I won’t name in hopes of avoiding a jinx. The players that have hit the Injured List have already included starting pitchers Zach Plesac and Shane Bieber as well as batters in Franmil Reyes, Roberto Perez and Jordan Luplow.

Luckily, the team has been able to keep their head above water in the absence of those players and could get a boost when they return, which could be very soon for some. The Cleveland Indians have a page on their website that updates all injuries and more than one player has a potential return of late-June, which is almost here.

On top of that, the main Twitter voices of the Cleveland Indians are reporting that some players could be on the horizon of a return as well.

It’s rather intriguing to think that Cleveland has been able to play at a decently high level without some of their best players. Now, those players might be on their way back to the starting lineup. What kind of impact will that have on the team? Is there a big boost coming or will there be an adjustment time period?

The players coming back will take time to get back in the swing of things, but what will that do to the rest of the roster? There’s a chance that the team could take a slight step back for a few games. Regardless, these players are close to returning and in the long-run, that’s a big internal upgrade.