As the regular season approaches, starting jobs begin to emerge for players. Jack Hannahan was just named the Indians starting third baseman. Hannahan was invited to the Tribes Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. With Jason Donald sidelined most of this month with a left hand injury, Hannahan was able to show manager, Manny Acta, his glove and improved approach at the plate. Acta said he’s played “terrific defense” and had a very good offensive Spring Training. Grady Sizemore doubled in yesterday’s loss against the Giants. He is receiving more and more play after his knee surgery. He also dove and caught a ball in centerfield, a good sign his knees are feeling good.
Veteran middle infielder, Adam Everett, joined the Indians spring training camp as a non-roster player on a minor league contract. He was aiming to win the back up positon behind Asdrubal Carberea. His chances may have slimmed after Saturday’s game against the Angels where he sprained his left thumb attempting to steal second base. Everett was ”a little dissapointed” at the way Aybar covered the base with his leg, but said that it’s just the way it goes. With Jason Donald having a small crack on his left middle finger, he will no longer be the Opening Day starting third baseman. Jack Hannahan is ready to take the temporary open spot at third, saying he came to Cleveland becauase he thought there would be opportunities for him to play. Donald is likely to return after rehab in late April, early May.
The Tribe’s starting pitching rotation after ace Carmona is still up in the air. Yesterday, Josh Tomlin pitched 3 shutout innings against the Angels, leading the Tribe to a 2-1 victory. Tomlin is having a productive season, and it is looking like he will end up a starter come season time. Other good news for Tribe fans includes Grady Sizemore running bases for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in June. Though manager, Manny Acta, is hesitant to give possible starting dates for Sizemore, it could be as early as March 20, if the rehab program goes according to plan.
Indian’s left-hand pitcher, David Huff, talked with Johan Santana in the off season to get input on his change up. Hitters were taking advantage of Huff’s change up because it was too fast. Yesterday, Huff recorded three shut out innings in a Spring Training game against the White Sox. Though it is very early in the season, Huff is confident that his new change up will fool the hitters, with the same arm speed as a fastball, but a much slower pitch. It also seems that Jeremy Bonderman, a starting pitcher free agent, will not sign a minor league contract with the Tribe. An ESPN source close to Bonderman said he will likely take this season off to focus on workouts because he doesnt have enough energy to try and make a big league squad this season.
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