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Erik Gonzalez is working hard towards Opening Day

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Morning news and notes for Friday, March 2, 2018.

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Happy Friday, folks! Here’s to another weekend of injury-free Tribe baseball!

Indians 8, Dodgers 7

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Giovanny Urshella picked up a pair of hits and a bunch of pitchers I’ve never really heard of gave up 7 runs against the Dodgers. One of Monstro’s hits was an RBI single in the ninth inning to break a 7-7 tie and ultimately give Cleveland the victory over Los Angeles.

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Belisle off to good start in hunt for bullpen role | MLB

When you’re a 37-year old reliever with a career WAR of 8.1, the chances of breaking camp with a big league team are slim to none. The only way to have a shot is to put up good numbers in spring, and that’s what Matt Belisle did against the Dodgers on Thursday with a scoreless inning.

Gonzalez giving his all to make Indians’ roster | MLB

On the other hand, when you’re a utility infielder who’s blocked by the likes of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Jason Kipnis, etc., it takes a lot of effort to impress the coaching staff and make it onto the Opening Day roster. Despite having ankle contusion after an errant slide on Wednesday, Erik Gonzalez is doing everything he can to suit up with the Cleveland Indians comes April 2.

This is a good spring to be utility man Erik Gonzalez of the Cleveland Indians | Cleveland.com

Since he’s out of options, if Erik Gonzalez doesn’t break camp with the Cleveland Indians, there’s a good chance that another team could pick him up off of waivers, which would bring him onto a major league club. Gonzalez has spent his entire professional career in the Indians’ organization, but this could be the season he makes it to the majors, just in a different uniform.

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