6/24/2014 9:33 P.M. ET
Despite stats, Brantley trailing in All-Star vote
By Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is in the top 10 of most offensive statistical categories, but you wouldn't know it if you looked at the All-Star Game voting.
As of the latest ballot update, Brantley is sixth among American League outfielders, trailing the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera, the Angels' Mike Trout, the A's Yoenis Cespedes and Orioles' Adam Jones -- and he is only just holding on to that spot. Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is only 20,000 votes behind him.
Brantley has been the cornerstone of the Indians' lineup this season. His batting average (.325) and on-base percentage (.390) both rank fifth in the AL.
Although Brantley will likely be chosen as a reserve if he is not voted into the game, there is still time for him to make up the pace. Balloting continues through July 3, and Brantley has been on fire lately.
Entering Tuesday's game against the D-backs, the 27-year-old outfielder is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with a home run and six RBIs.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Lindor back in Futures Game for third time
PHOENIX -- Indians prospect Francisco Lindor was named to the World roster in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Tuesday for the third time in his career.
"It's a big compliment to him that he got invited to play in that game," manager Terry Francona said.
Francona got a chance to see the 20-year-old shortstop during Spring Training, after Lindor was invited to the Major League camp.
"(There is) a lot to like," Francona said. "Good kid, young and got a lot of talent. He's trying right to ... show what he can do."
Lindor made his Futures Game debut in 2012, when he got a pinch-hit single after replacing Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar.
Lindor made the roster again in 2013, but didn't get an at-bat.
Currently playing for Double-A Akron, Lindor has a .281 batting average and a .762 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He has 19 stolen bases and been caught seven times.
The Indians have a recent history of getting production out of middle infielders who made the Futures Game.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis made the U.S. team in 2011 and hit a home run.
Bauer returns to Chase Field with Indians
PHOENIX -- Three years after the D-backs took him third overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, and a year and a half after they traded him to the Indians, Trevor Bauer was back at Chase Field.
The Indians' 23-year-old right-hander only started four games for the D-backs before they dealt him, but he said he doesn't focus on being traded early in his career.
"I learned a lot from my time here and I learned a lot in the two years since I've been gone," Bauer said. "They decided to go a different direction, and I hope it worked out the way they wanted it to work out, and ultimately I got to get better as a pitcher."
The Indians have benefited from that trade this season. In addition to receiving Bauer, they also picked up relief pitcher Bryan Shaw, who has a 2.95 ERA since arriving in Cleveland. Two other players, outfielder Drew Stubbs and reliever Matt Albers, are no longer with the team.
But Bauer was the centerpiece of the trade for the Indians, who gave up five players as part of the three-team trade with the D-backs and Reds.
"Any time you get a chance to get a 21- or 22-year-old pitcher, yeah, that's a big, big piece," manager Terry Francona said.
Bauer split 2013 -- his first year with the Indians -- between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus while working on his delivery. The result has been obvious. After putting up a 5.29 ERA in four big league starts last season, Bauer has improved to 4.40 in eight starts for the Indians in 2014.
"Last year was a tough year for him," Francona said. "[He was] kind of trying to redo his delivery, and at times trying to do it at the Major League level. And when he went back to Triple-A, still had some issues. But he has been open and trying hard to be the best pitcher he can be. That's kind of what we all want."
Bauer won't face his former team on their two-game swing through Arizona, and he doesn't mind that. He'll miss them by two days, going up against the Mariners on Friday in Seattle.
"The next team I'm going to face is Seattle, so I've been focused more so on them," Bauer said. "I really don't have any disappointment and relief that I'm not pitching here. I'm just facing Seattle next and that's what I try to focus on."
Morgan continuing rehab in Arizona
PHOENIX -- Center fielder Nyjer Morgan is on his way to Arizona, but not to rejoin the Indians.
Morgan was evaluated in Cleveland on Monday and will continue his rehab work at the Indians' complex in Goodyear, Ariz., manager Terry Francona said Tuesday.
Morgan, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in January after playing a season in Japan, has played 15 games this year and been successful.
Before being placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in May, Morgan was hitting .341 (14-for-41) and had one home run.
• Double-A Akron infielder Joey Wendle was named the Indians Minor League player of the Week for June 16-22. Wendle hit .346 (9-for-26) with two home runs and a 1.140 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in six games for the RubberDucks.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.