CLEVELAND – Bobby Bradley is learning things the hard way at the Major League level.
The 23-year-old rookie, who led the International League in home runs before his Triple-A Columbus promotion, received a hit in his first at-bats but has not done much since then, hitting .195 in 14 games. .
Opposing pitchers have had little trouble with Bradley, who has struck out 19 times in 41 at-bats, three times in four plate trips on Sunday in the series finale with Minnesota.
"A lot of things out of speed, similar to when I was down in Triple-A, but things are a bit better here," Bradley said of the pitchers' focus on him. "They have a little better plans here, so it's just a guessing game and trying to make adjustments, they make much quicker adjustments here, they can go down in the dugout and look at things between innings or just after a turn at bat or things like that. , like us, so it's a constant game of adjustments. "
It took Bradley 37 at-bats and 13 games to hit his first home run, but he made the most of it on Saturday night, throwing a solo shot to right field that traveled approximately 457 feet.
He took some weight off the slugger's shoulders as he collapsed.
"He definitely does, but you try not to let those thoughts reappear," Bradley said. "But they're always going to do it, so you just have to try to find ways to balance it."
In the patch
Right-hander Dan Otero (right shoulder) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Monday in Class A Mahoning Valley. It has been out of play since May 31.
** Right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder) will make his second rehabilitation start with Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Salazar allowed a run on two hits and a walk and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings on Thursday.
Manager Terry Francona said pitching coordinator Reuben Niebla told him that Salazar had a good game day on Saturday and was "very, very optimistic about it."
** Outfielder Tyler Naquin returned to the lineup after missing two games with back pain. He went 2 out of 3 with a double, a single RBI and a stolen base.
Outfielder Greg Allen entered the batting of .400 (12-for-30) on Sunday with three triples, two homers and eight runs in his last 10 games.
"When he makes the pitchers get the ball and they get it, he's pretty fast," Francona said of Allen, who is hitting .218 (17 of 78) in 32 games. "Still sometimes, when he starts to chase or when his bat goes in and out of the area, it's when you see those little balls in left field, but when he stays through the ball and gets the ball up …
"(Saturday) in the night, he threw the ball a little bit through the hole after the second, he can do that, he's pretty fast."
Allen opened the season on the Major League list, but has moved from one side to the other between the majors and minors. Francona acknowledged that that probably affected Allen, who is in his third period with the Indians.
"I think he's human, but he does a good job of not letting it hit you too much," Francona said. "That's important, that's what you're worried about, but it gets together and plays the right way, because of that, it finds its way back here when there's a need."
Allen went 1-for-4 on Sunday with a career and an RBI.
In his first start in the second half, a 6-2 loss to the Twins on Saturday, right-hander Trevor Bauer allowed three runs on six hits (three homers) and three walks in six innings.
It was a much better outing than the Indians are used to seeing since Bauer in his first start after the All-Star break. He has an ERA of 7.52 – 22 earned runs and 38 hits in 26 2/3 innings – with 36 strikeouts and 17 walks and opposition batting .333 in his opening half of the second half in the last six years.
"Actually, in relation to what I normally feel, I felt that I could control the ball well," Bauer said after the game. "I thought I pitched pretty well in general, it's just a microcosm of baseball today: real results, walks, homers and strikeouts and (the Twins) overcame that."
MLB announced during the All-Star break that it would experiment with four new rules in the independent Atlantic League. Among them, batters can "steal" first base in any shot that is not caught and batters can receive a touch of foul with two strikes.
"I love this game and I've been in it all my life, it may be a good thing to be in this (final) arc of my career, because that seems to be like that, I do not know, man," Francona said. "We have a great game and I think MLB has always done a very good job of balance."
"The fact that they're doing it in the Atlantic League does not mean I'm going to be in the American League next year, I do not have any problem with always trying things, I've never seen them since I've been in the league, throwing something against them. wall and I hope it stays at the level of the big leagues, and I do not think they start now either. "
The Indians continue their stay at home with a four-game series against Detroit that begins Monday night at 7:10.
Right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.95 ERA) starts the first game, opposing LHP Daniel Norris (2-8, 4.96), while RHP Zach Plesac (3-3, 4.00) is expected to be withdrawn from Columbus for launch on tuesday (7:10 pm). The Tigers have yet to name a starter.
RHP Mike Clevinger (2-2, 3.99) goes to Cleveland on Wednesday (7:10 pm) against RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-8, 3.59), and Bauer (8-7, 3.65) starts for the Indians at the end of the Thursday. (7:10 pm).
The Indians are 8-1 against the Tigers this season.
The fall of Oscar Mercado got the day off. He is 1-for-25 in his last six games.
** Francisco Lindor had a difficult series against the Twins, and finished with 1 of 12 with a single.
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