I had a feeling that Will Venable was going to come into spring training and mash right-handed pitching, setting himself up for an Opening Day job with the Indians. Venable always seemed to fly a little under the radar in San Diego and had sneaky good numbers just a few years ago.
Well, I was wrong. Venable struggled this spring, with just four hits in 30 at-bats, and was told by the team that he would not be making the Opening Day roster. Best of luck Will . . .
Indians 10, Brewers 3
Everybody's favorite shortstop hit a two-run home run in the Indians 10-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The home run was Lindor's second of the year.
Cody Anderson went six innings on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits. Anderson did strike out seven Brewers in the outing. Here's manager Terry Francona on Anderson's performance:
"He was very good," Francona said of Anderson. "He left a changeup up a little bit for the two-run home run and then had the solo, but power to his fastball. Down in the zone. He got some swing and miss with it. Threw some really good changeups. Really, that was impressive."
The Indians reportedly let left-hander Ross Detwiler know that he has done enough this spring to earn a role in the Tribe's bullpen. The 30-year-old was solid enough in spring training, owning a 3.86 ERA in seven innings of work.
Terry Francona has let a whole host of Indians hit leadoff this spring, but who will get the spot to start the season? Jason Kipnis? Rajai Davis? Lindor? Paul Hoynes gives his thoughts on this fun little exercise in futility.
Tommy Hunter threw a perfect inning of relief in a minor league Spring Training action. Hunter is expected to help the Tribe's bullpen when back to 100%.
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