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Casey Blake


The Cleveland Indians placed Blake on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a sprained right ankle. He hurt his ankle on Saturday in Detroit. This is Blake's second time on the DL in his career. He was on the DL from June 14 to July 13 with a strained oblique muscle.


The Indians activated Blake from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and optioned outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to Triple-A Buffalo. Blake was off to the best start of his career when he strained a muscle in his left side during batting practice. He was placed on the DL on June 14.


Blake was put on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left internal oblique strain. The Cleveland Indians outfielder suffered the injury during batting practice on Wednesday. He is expected to return to Cleveland for an MRI to give the team a better idea.


Blake drove in two runs and extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games to help lift the Cleveland Indians to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon. The Indians' right fielder laid down a rare bunt for a hit in the second inning, and he also had a two-run single in the third. He has hit safely in all 15 May contests he has played, batting .426 (23-for-54) with five home runs and 12 RBIs.


Blake, the American League batting leader with a .366 average, went 1-for-4 Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He's hit safely in all 13 games Cleveland has played in May, hitting .426 (20-for-47) with five home runs, nine runs and nine RBIs during the streak. Blake, whose one hit Tuesday was a home run, has four dingers in his last five games.


Blake continues to be bothered by neck pain, and the Cleveland outfielder hasn't played a full game since Thursday. He started on Saturday, but left during the second inning. He didn't make an appearance on Sunday or in the first game of Cleveland's doubleheader with Detroit on Monday. Blake is considered day-to-day.


Blake, who missed Friday's game with a stiff neck, started Saturday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles, but was forced to leave in the second inning with the same ailment. He was replaced by Aaron Boone.

Casey Blake was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Friday night due to a minor neck strain. Blake was replaced on the lineup card by Jody Gerut. Consider Blake day-to-day.


With Jody Gerut on the major league roster and Coco Crisp back from the disabled list, there's a logjam in the Cleveland outfield. Perhaps Blake will lose some playing time in the four-man mix of Gerut, Crisp, Sizemore and Blake. The converted third baseman hasn't done well at the plate for most of the season, and he's batting .199 with six homers and 16 RBI in 48 games.


According to Indians manager Eric Wedge, Blake should be back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. The outfielder/third baseman has missed the team's last two contests with a minor strain of his left hamstring. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.

With the cold conditions in Cleveland the past couple of nights, the Indians did not want to take a chance with Blake and risk further injury. He is batting .217 with one home run, four RBI and two stolen bases in seven games this season.