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Franmil Reyes is scheduled to return to Indians workouts for batting practice on Wednesday. (Source: Zack Meisel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reyes was held out of workouts the past two days after attending a 4th of July party without wearing a mask over the weekend. However, he passed the necessary tests to join the team today. The young outfielder popped 37 homers a season ago, and it appears to be a bit underappreciated in updated fantasy rankings.

Indians pitching coach Carl Willis praised Shane Bieber for his first summer workout this weekend. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: “He was really, really good yesterday. From a stuff standpoint, velocity-wise, pitch profiles and execution I don’t think anyone could have been more pleased with what we saw" were Willis' exact words on a zoom call with reporters. Bieber is an easy top-10 fantasy starter this season after compiling 259 strikeouts with a 3.28 ERA last year.

Indians pitching coach Carl Willis says Mike Clevinger (knee) has been able to field his position during summer camp. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy players should note that this is something Clevinger wasn't able to do back in spring training 1.0. The 29-year-old is now healthy and should be drafted as a top-10 starter in fantasy drafts this month. Clevinger struck out 169 batters in just 126 innings a season ago.

Category: Injury Updates

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) says he is "ready to go" and has built up to pitching six innings. (Source: Zack Meisel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco's elbow issue from spring training 1.0 appears to be a thing of the past. Even though he's built up to six innings the Indians won't ask him to pitch that deep into a game early on. The expectation is that starting pitchers will be eased in throughout the league.

Category: Injury Updates

OF Delino Deshields has tested positive for Coronavirus and is recovering at home. (Source: Tom Withers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Deshields was reportedly experiencing “very mild symptoms” and will be unable to report to spring training 2.0 until he produces two negative tests. He is doing well and is recovering from home. Deshields is projected to be Cleveland’s fourth outfielder, and it is unknown at this time if he will miss any regular season games.

Category: Injury Updates

Indians signed first-round pick SS Carson Tucker. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tucker was the 23rd overall pick in this month's draft and received a $2 million signing bonus. The 18-year-old is the younger brother of Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker. Carson is considered to have more offensive upside than his older sibling but it's unclear if he'll be able to stick at shortstop long term.

Category: Transactions

Emmanuel Clase’s suspension will be completed if MLB plays an entire 60-game season. (Source: Anthony Castrovince on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Clase was suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. The suspension will not carry over into 2021 if the league plays the entire 60-game season. It is unclear at this time if he will miss additional time if the campaign is less than 60 games. Clase owned a 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 21:6 K:BB across 23 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand threw a scoreless inning in an 11-7 Cactus League win over the Giants on Monday. Hand struck out one and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Hand has allowed just one run over five innings this spring. The veteran closer had a rough second half last season but the team believes he will bounce back in 2020. Hand is a top-10 fantasy reliever this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians right-hander Aaron Civale allowed just one run over three innings in an 11-7 Cactus League win over the Giants on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Civale rang up six strikeouts in the outing with the only damage coming via a solo homer off Alex Dickerson's bat. Civale has a spot in the starting rotation locked up and should be on the fantasy radar in mixed leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes that Francisco Lindor has halted contract negotiations with the Indians. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Lindor is still under team control for two more season and wants to stay in Cleveland long-term. However, the Indians do not historically sign players to big-money contracts, and they have yet to meet Lindor's asking price. It seems likely the 26-year-old superstar is traded within the next calendar year.

Cleveland Indians right-hander Jefry Rodriguez allowed two runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies in a Cactus League start on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez posted a 4.63 ERA over 10 starts for the Indians in 2019 but an injury ended his season early. He will likely open the season at Triple-A.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians first baseman Bobby Bradley went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Bradley is having an excellent spring, hitting .333 with three homers and six RBI. The 23-year-old has plenty of power but he is expected to open the year at Triple-A as the Indians don't really have a spot for him at the big-league level.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians right-hander Adam Plutko threw three scoreless innings in an 8-5 Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Plutko walked two and struck out two. The veteran hurler has allowed three runs over seven innings this spring. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Plutko should be a part of the team's starting rotation when the regular season begins.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in an 8-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is having a solid spring, hitting .318 with two homers and seven RBI in the Cactus League. He appears primed for a bounceback after a rough season in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Oscar Mercado has been diagnosed with a mild sprain of his left wrist. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Consider him day-to-day for now. Mercado injured his wrist making a diving catch on Thursday and an MRI revealed the strain. Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief as this ultimately shouldn't keep him sidelined for long.

Category: Injury Updates

Cleveland Indians right-hander Zach Plesac allowed just one run in four innings in a 7-1 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Plesac struck out four in the outing. The young hurler posted a 3.81 ERA last season and has a 3.24 ERA this spring.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer went 0-for-3 with a steal in a 7-1 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmer is having a slow spring, batting just .150 with the lone steal. He missed most of the 2019 season with shoulder and oblique injuries.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a home run in an 11-7 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez has his first homer of the spring. The veteran infielder will open the season as Cleveland's everyday second baseman. He has plenty of run-scoring upside in a solid Cleveland lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 3-for-3 with a homer in an 11-7 loss to the Angels in Cactus League action on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Santana hit his first spring homer in the fourth inning. The veteran infielder is coming off a career year and will anchor the middle of the Cleveland lineup again in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

The Indians have signed RHP Zack Weiss to a minor league contract. (Source: Tribeinsider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Weiss, 27, posted a 7.24 ERA in 27 1/3 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Twins before finishing the year with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. He has spent the past seven years in the Reds/Twins organizations, only appearing in one major league game with the Reds in 2018. Weiss will report to minor league camp and will not be in the running for an Opening Day roster spot with the Indians.

Category: Transactions