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Brantley takes BP against teammates, shoulder does not implode

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MLB: Cleveland Indians-Media Day
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With a limited TV broadcast for the spring training games, I haven’t really been following the Tribe too closely this past week or so since games began. I’m glad baseball is back, but I’m ready for baseball to really be back. Onto the news!

Tribe News

Brantley takes at-bats against teammates | MLB

Each day that Brantley takes ABs and his shoulder doesn’t fly off towards first base is a good day. And while he didn’t launch a home run against Josh Tomlin, he reported that he felt good and is anxious to get back on the field with his teammates. We’re anxious too, Michael.

Kluber gets built up in first spring start | MLB

Tito & Co. have said that the pitching staff, particularly the starters that went deep into the playoffs last season, will be starting off slowly this spring in order to safely ramp up for the 2017 campaign. Corey Kluber made his spring debut on Monday against the Brewers, and while the results weren’t good, the ace is hoping to be ready to take the ball come Opening Day.

Cleveland Indians sell out 2017 home opener at Progressive Field in 3 minutes |

If you weren’t online right at 10AM on Monday morning, chances are you didn’t get tickets to the 4/10/17 home opener. Hell, even if you were online, you probably didn’t get any tickets.

‘Just keep your head up’: Josh Tomlin’s dad working hard to try to walk again |

Despite living out a fantasy of watching his son pitch in the World Series, the reality is that Jerry Tomlin is still facing an uphill battle in regards to his health; Josh is there to encourage and support him every challenging step of the way.

Around the League

  • Tim Tebow is still attempting to be a huge publicity stunt baseball player, and he’ll get a real chance this Wednesday when he makes his Grapefruit League debut.
  • The Seattle Mariners had some fun with Leonys Martin for his 29th birthday.
  • And finally, someone apparently thought it was a good idea to let Mike Trout do sprints with a barbell on his shoulders (I realize this video is a couple weeks old, but it’s the first time I’m seeing it. Also, some strong language so open at work at your own risk).