Indians win big, but injuries loom (Thursday news and notes)

Tom Szczerbowski

Morgan in leg brace, Brantley day to day - Plus Dirk Hayhurst on TJ surgery and rethinking the power pitcher model

Recaps

The Indians offense had its biggest game of the season, scoring 15 runs on an MLB season-high 22 hits.

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays - May 14, 2014 | MLB.com CLE Recap - Indians.com recap

Cleveland Indians thrash Blue Jays, 15-4, behind Corey Kluber and 22 hits | cleveland.com - PD game recap.

Tribe News

Nyjer Morgan's injured knee required a brace; Michael Brantley day-to-day with back tightness | cleveland.com - Following the Indians' 15-4 win on Wednesday, Morgan limped around the clubhouse in a balky brace that extended from his thigh to his ankle.

Terry Francona honored to be All-Star coach: Cleveland Indians notebook | cleveland.com - Indians manager Terry Francona looking foward to being one of John Farrell's All-Star coaches.

Canadian Axford feels relaxed in Toronto | indians.com: News - Indians reliever John Axford felt relaxed again on the mound during his appearance in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Perhaps it was the fact that the Canadian was pitching in his home country for the first time as a visitor.

Tucson in 100 Objects — Cleveland Indians baseball cap - Tucson is the former Spring Training home of the Tribe.

Around the Horn

Analytics becoming increasingly important for Jays - Sportsnet.ca - Former Tribe exec bringing analytics to Blue Jays

Players busted for PEDs don’t show any notable uptick in performance | HardballTalk - Your assumptions about Melky Cabrera and other PED guys are compelling. But not nearly as compelling as the numbers.

MLB needs a priority shift to prevent more pitching injuries. | SportsonEarth.com : Dirk Hayhurst Article - 2014 is quickly becoming the year of the Tommy John surgery, with 34 instances in baseball thus far. Unless MLB shifts its focus away from high velocity pitching to command and movement, expect elbow injuries to be a common way for a team's season to get sunk.

In defense of the strikeout (or how I learned to stop loving groundballs) | FOX Sports on MSNTim Hudson can make the pitch to contact game work, but he's the exception. If you want sure outs, strikeouts are the way to go -- sorry, Rob Neyer -- says Dave Cameron.

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