Not a whole lot of positives from Thursday's game against the Reds. At least it's still Spring Training!
A very expected move for Francisco Lindor due to MLB service time rules. It's also the right move, as Jason points out:
Even if Lindor were dominating, and clearly better than any other option in the organization (like Chicago's Kris Bryant, for example), he'd have been sent to Columbus for "a little more season" or some such reason, because by keeping him off the 25-man roster for even two full weeks, the team would gain an additional year of control over him (meaning he couldn't become a free agent until a full year later).
Terry Pluto joins the fray in discussing everybody's favorite minor league shortstop.
The Tribe's brass still have high hopes for Lee, even after his struggles this spring. Lee had a 5.14 ERA over seven innings in this year's Cactus League. He was sent down to AAA Thursday.
Well done Mike Aviles.
Here is a better photo of this morning's prank on Jose Ramirez and his car (via Indians photog Dan Mendlik). pic.twitter.com/X2vzMjMBEY— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 26, 2015
Left-hander Brady Aiken writes about his surgery and it's difficult not to feel a little bit sorry for him. He turned down millions from the Houston Astros during bitter negotiations and now has a long road ahead.
Injuries are part of the job, but so is coming back. I can’t wait to get back on the mound. I can’t wait to compete again.
Robertson has forearm issues and hasn't pitched all week. This only adds to Robertson's rough spring, as he's posted a 7.71 ERA in five appearances.
Staying in Chicago, it looks like setbacks at Wrigley will lead to an extra year of construction. Four more years of work doesn't seem like much fun for Theo and the crew. Here's to our ballpark construction going much better and being almost finished!