Here’s to a great week!
Spring Training Action
Michael Brantley hit his first home of the spring (it’s seemed like forever!) and the Tribe put up five runs in the first to defeat the D-backs. Brantley’s homer came off young Arizona left-handed starter Robby Ray and sailed out to deep right field.
Trevor Bauer started and gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings. Bauer struck out eight and walked three.
The Indians continued to work their way toward their 25-man roster on Sunday. Outfielder Austin Jackson was told he's on the club, but nine others, including Bradley Zimmer, were told they didn't.
Updates on the third base job and more. From Paul Hoynes:
One of the candidates, Richie Shaffer, was re-assigned to minor league camp, but the two main contenders, Giovanny Urshela and Yandy Diaz, are still in camp.
Urshela started at third against the Diamondbacks, while manager Terry Francona stayed in Goodyear to watch Diaz go through drills in which right-handed hitters hit ground balls at him. Francona also stayed behind to have his knee drained.
The Indians talked about making a decision on third base Sunday, but wanted to give it a few more days to simmer.
“If we can just concentrate on that, I think we can make a better or more informed decision,” said Francona. “We’re going to have a couple of right-handed hitters hook some balls at Yandy because this way we can guarantee he’s going to get some balls hit to him. You can’t do that in a game.”