15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
2 weeks ago

Hunter (back) will begin his rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter is still a couple weeks from returning as he will need multiple outings before returning to the team, but this is a positive sign for the 30-year-old. He has been out since before the All-Star break, but recently threw off a mound last week for the first time since going down.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
3 weeks ago

Hunter (back) threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since breaking a vertebra in his back over the All-Star break, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter seems like a candidate to rejoin the Indians once rosters expand in September but his role figures to be limited upon rejoining the Indians bullpen.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
1 month ago

Hunter was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The injury was non-baseball related, with manager Terry Francona relaying to reporters that Hunter hurt himself while slipping on the stairs over the All-Star break while he was carrying his child. Although a timetable for Hunter's recovery won't be announced until he undergoes further tests in Cleveland, it seems likely that he'll miss more than the 15-day minimum. Cody Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move and will help fill out the Tribe's bullpen.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
3 months ago

Hunter (2-1) pitched 1.2 perfect innings in Thursday's win against Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter didn't strike out a single batter, but he managed to lead his team to a win. He only has six strikeouts in 12 innings and his 3.75 ERA is still a bit high, however, and he needs to produce strikeouts to have any sort of fantasy value.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
3 months ago

Hunter allowed one run in one inning of work in Sunday's loss to Baltimore, but did have three strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter came on in the ninth to protect a one-run lead and immediately gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold. Although the righty settled down and recorded three strikeouts, this was the second straight appearance in which he allowed a run. Coming back from offseason hernia surgery, Hunter has shown progression, but his 4.35 ERA leaves much to be desired.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
4 months ago

Hunter (abdomen) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter has yet to pitch in 2016, but will join the Cleveland bullpen and step into a middle-relief role. The 29-year-old had a down year in 2015 posting a 4.18 ERA over 60.3 innings of work.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
4 months ago

Hunter (abdomen) could be ready to join the Cleveland bullpen shortly, MLB.com reports. "He's doing good," manager Terry Francona said. "We'll start talking about probably activating him here fairly soon."

EDGE Analysis

Hunter's role in the bullpen is yet to be determined but it's not likely to be a fantasy relevant role. The backend of the Cleveland bullpen has struggled at times with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw but it's hard to imagine Hunter factoring into any late-inning roles despite their struggles.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
4 months ago

Hunter (abdomen) tossed a scoreless inning of relief at Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, MLB.com reports. "The ball is coming out of his hand really well,"manager Terry Francona said. "He's kind of been champing at the bit for a while. As long as the trainers give him the go-ahead, we don't want to hold him back. He has done a really good job."

EDGE Analysis

It's hard to envision where Hunter might fit into Cleveland's plans once he's back to full strength but he would seem ticketed for a long relief role if he were to join the big club at some point this season.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
5 months ago

Hunter (abdomen) will begin a rehab assignment Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Hunter did not make an official appearance this spring, so the Indians figure to let him spend most or all of the 30 days in the minors allowed by his rehab assignment. He figures to work in middle-to-long relief for the Indians once he is ready for big league action.

15DTommy Hunter
RP CLE
5 months ago

Hunter (abdomen) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was expected, as Hunter is still not fully recovered from his offseason hernia surgery. That being said, it is encouraging that the Indians elected to keep him on the 15-day DL and not on the 60-day DL, meaning they are confident that he can return somewhat soon. He'll likely slot into the Indians bullpen once he makes his return.