Smoke Signals 10.13: Getting Physical

With regular co-host Tony Lastoria unavailable for this week's episode, Jake and IBI injury analyst Brandon Bowers take the opportunity to combine their baseball injury podcast "Getting Physical" with the regular weekly "Smoke Signals" show. Plus, they discuss whether we should be concerned about the Tribe rotation.

Tony Lastoria and Jake Dungan are back on the cyberwaves for another season of Smoke Signals, IBI's flagship podcast. A show that started in the summer of 2008 with Tony Lastoria and Paul Cousineau has stuck around since and been a regular podcast for several diehard fans of the Indians and their minor league system.

The Indians have had a rash of injuries just over the last two weeks that have landed two players on the disabled list and put three on the day-to-day watch. Fortunately, none appear to be serious or season-threatening, but having key guys like ace pitcher Corey Kluber and star left fielder Michael Brantley on the shelf for any extended period of time is not ideal for a team looking to get back to and win the World Series. In a bit of cross-podcast-promotion, Jake and doctor of physical therapy Brandon Bowers talk all these injuries as well as mounting concerns about the Indians starting pitching.

Topics discussed:

-  Indians go 4-5 on road trip, capped off by walk-off loss to Toronto.

-  Concerns about starting rotation mounting.

  • Will Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar be able to turn their game around?
  • Can Mike Clevinger take one of the rotation spots even after Kluber returns?

-  Indians Injuries:

  • Kluber will not return from DL when eligible (lower back strain).
  • Michael Brantley sprains ankle. Listed as day-to-day.
  • Abraham Almonte day-to-day with shoulder strain.
  • Austin Jackson on 10-day DL with hyperextended big toe. Eligible for activation on Saturday.
  • Greg Allen undergoes surgery to repair broken hamate bone. Out 4-6 in Double-A Akron.

-  Is Richie Shaffer the next position player who could be called up by the Indians?

-  Preview homestand.

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