Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Indians pitcher Brett Myers, who has been on the disabled list since April due to a right elbow injury, worked one-third of an inning for Double-A Akron in a Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday night, giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits with one wild pitch. Indians manager Terry Francona said Myers will need to log a handful of innings before potentially being cleared for activation.

"We need him to do it multiple times, just because he's been down so long," Francona said. "And when we put him on the 60-day [DL], now you're talking about creating roster spots and things like that, so we have to make sure he's OK."

• All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis headed into Saturday's game mired in an 0-for-19 slump, dating back to Sunday's game in Oakland. Kipnis tends to roll over pitches during his cold spells, but Francona noted that he has run into some tough outs to the opposite field lately, as well.

"He's also hit a couple balls to left field pretty good," Francona said. "It's just that they've been caught. I think that's where the reward part comes in. You've heard me say it before. When a guy hits a ball the opposite way, it's nice when they get rewarded for it, because it kind of drives it home."

• Longtime Indians fan John Adams, who is best known for banging his drum in the left-field bleachers, was honored by the team on Saturday. It marked the 40th anniversary of his first Tribe game at Cleveland Stadium. Adams has attended 3,213 Indians games since first toting his drum to the ballpark.

• Infielder Grant Field of the Arizona League (Rookie) Indians entered Saturday riding a 12-game hitting streak. Akron outfielder Carlos Moncrief carried a nine-game hitting streak into Saturday's action and Class A (low) Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington had a seven-game streak.

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