Cleveland Indians five-point checklist for the month of July
Cleveland Indians need to get healthy in July
One of the biggest issues for the Cleveland Indians so far this season has been injuries. It’s seemed like one after another and it’s altered the team in every aspect of the game. Roberto Perez was a huge blow to the defensive side of the ball, Franmil Reyes to the offense and the club lost their three best pitchers as well.
Luckily, there’s hopefully some good news on the horizon in July. Both Perez and Reyes along with Zach Plesac have started rehab assignments and could be back in Cleveland before too long. Perez and Reyes have a handful of games completed, so a return is going to be soon for them if everything goes accordingly.
That would basically cut the injury report in half for the Tribe. There’s also been positive news surrounding Shane Bieber. That leaves just Aaron Civale as the last big blow to the team to come back, who could also return sometime in July.
If those five players can come back in July and the team can avoid further injuries that would be a huge step heading into the last two months of the season. The Tribe have been able to stay afloat without them, so getting them back could be as good as a trade at this point.