Indians spring training update
The Indians made their second cut this week. They cut fifteen players trimming their roster from 59 to 44. They sent down one prospect for the fifth rotation spot and three prospects for the last bullpen spot. Some notable cuts include Tony Sipp, LHP, David Huff, LHP, Carlos Santana, C, and Wes Hodges, 3B. Tony Sipp is still recovering from Tommy John Surgery so the Indians are being careful with him. He has made a good impression so far in camp. David Huff was somewhat of a surprise to be cut but recently suffered some soreness in his arm, which slowed his progress. He was competing for the fifth rotation spot but is no longer being considered to get the spot out of Spring Training. Carlos Santana has lived up to expectations offensively and has highly impressed the Indians. However Eric Wedge thinks he needs a little more practice handling a pitching staff. Santana has been called the Indians’ top minor league prospect. Wes Hodges was very successful offensively but needs a little more work defensively at third.
In Sunday’s Cactus League game Cliff Lee started against the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona. Lee looked commanding giving up two runs and striking out three. He said after the game that he feels ready for the season. He added that from now on in Spring Training starts he will be pitching as if he is pitching a regular season game. So Lee should start to look like he should look in the regular season in the last couple of weeks of the spring.
Fausto Carmona is reportedly fine after taking a line drive to his arm in an intrasquad game at Goodyear Park in Arizona. He threw a bullpen session Saturday and felt fine. He is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the White Sox at Goodyear.
Anthony Reyes has had a very strong spring so far. He threw five scoreless innings on Saturday. As long as he stays healthy he should be a lock for the fourth rotation spot.
Carl Pavano has allowed twelve runs so far on fifteen hits. He has not had a very impressive spring so far according to the numbers but he says he feels better than he has in years and feels he is making progress. As long as he continues to feel good he will be in the rotation.
The fifth rotation spot will probably come down to Scott Lewis and Aaron Laffey although Jeremy Sowers is another possibility. Zach Jackson was formerly competing for the spot but now he seems to be more likely to get the last spot in the bullpen if anything. Scott Lewis has made a strong showing this spring and has thoroughly impressed Eric Wedge. Wedge says that Lewis is definitely high on the list for the fifth spot. Aaron Laffey came into to Spring Training as the favorite for the job. However he has a rough spring so far with an ERA of 6.92. But Wedge does not place too much stock in Spring Training statistics; he is more concerned with seeing progress from his players. Wedge also stresses that there is a lot of time still left in this year’s extended Spring Training.
With Team USA’s nine to four loss to Japan Sunday night, Mark DeRosa will be heading back to Goodyear. Wedge cannot wait until he returns so he can get him some more typical Spring Training work to ensure that he is prepared for the regular season. DeRosa’s return should also help him become more acclimated to the team. Shin Soo Choo, the Indians only player left in the Classic, will be playing in the final game tomorrow night for South Korea against Japan. The winner will be the new World Baseball Classic Champion. Choo has been out of camp since February 24. He has had two hits in the Classic in only twelve at bats. There is some concern that he has not been getting the work he needs to prepare him for the season.
By Melissa Horton
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