Indians spring training update
The Indians had their first round of cuts this weekend. They sent pitchers Tomo Ohka and Ryan Edell to minor league camp. Pitcher Rich Rundles was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. These cuts make a little more room in the full clubhouse at Goodyear but not a lot.
On Saturday Fausto Carmona turned in another great performance against the Padres. He pitched four scoreless innings allowing only one hit and three walks. He struck out two. Despite coming to camp a little out of shape Carmona has appeared to shape up and has had some good outings early this spring.
Adam Miller is having problems with his finger again. His right middle finger is again keeping him from throwing and will probably keep him from being able to compete for the open spot in the bullpen. Although he feels no pain in the finger he is unable to bend it and therefore has been told not to throw for the second time this spring.
Scott Lewis had another solid outing for the Tribe on Sunday. He went four innings allowing one run on three hits. He walked no one but did hit a batter and had two strikeouts. He is making a strong case for the Indians’ fifth rotation spot so far this spring after having solid outings nearly every time he pitches.
Kerry Wood pitched another inning on Sunday. He gave up one hit and no runs for his second scoreless inning for the Tribe this spring. So far Wood has been very solid and very encouraging for the Indians.
Anthony Reyes struggled a bit in his first inning of work on Sunday but calmed down later. He gave up one home run to Prince Fielder in the fifth. Reyes was taken out after two innings because he has the flu. If healthy, Reyes will be the fourth starter for the Indians this year.
Kirk Sarloos gave up four total runs in his outing; two on a two-run home run by Casey McGehee and later two more on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy. Sarloos is also competing for the fifth rotation spot.
On Monday Jeremy Sowers will make his next start for the Indians. Also vying for the fifth rotation spot Sowers needs to work on his fastball control to have a chance at the job. He will be facing the Seattle Mariners in Goodyear, Arizona. His most recent start on Wednesday against the Rockies showed some improvement for Sowers when he pitched three scoreless innings.
The Indians loss to the Brewers on Sunday puts them at 6-10-1 for the spring and thirteenth in the Cactus League.
By Melissa Horton
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