Jason Kipnis and Danny Salazar criticized Indians’ play after suffering a four-game sweep against the White Sox

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The Indians dropped all four games in a Thursday-through-Sunday set against the White Sox, including a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon. Starter Danny Salazar pitched well, allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but his offense couldn’t muster anything against opposing starter Carlos Rodon.

As a result, the Indians sit in last place in the AL Central at 45-52. They’ve lost eight of their last 11 games, and neither Salazar nor Kipnis are all that impressed with the team’s energy.

Via MLB.com’s August Fagerstrom and Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram:

Kipnis and Salazar have both done their best to help the club, as Kipnis entered the day with an .882 OPS and Salazar lowered his ERA to 3.72 following his start.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.