Rockies planning rest this weekend for CarGo, Tulo

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The Rockies are shutting it down.

Eliminated from playoff contention this week, manager Jim Tracy and Co. decided to leave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of Thursday’s lineup against the Cardinals.  According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the plan is to rest him during Sunday’s season finale as well.

Gonzalez, 24, has burst onto the scene this season with an obscene .338/.378/.602 batting line, 34 homers and 117 RBI in 583 at-bats.  He’s also swiped 25 bases and scored 111 runs.  But the Rockies want to give him a slight head-start on the offseason.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who has 15 homers and 40 RBI in the month of September, is also expected to see time off this weekend.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.