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Morning news and notes for Monday, February 17, 2020

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Francona sets goals for glut of outfielders |

From Mandy Bell:

Indians manager Terry Francona gave the same general message to all 10 outfielders on his 40-man roster in their one-on-one meetings on Sunday: “Look at the board. It’s a crowded board.”

Francona met with each player ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout to discuss what Cleveland’s plan is over the next five weeks.

Greg Allen

Francona told Allen to be ready to play all three positions to make sure Cleveland tests everything before making any decisions. Though Allen has served as the team’s fourth outfielder before, the acquisition of Delino DeShields might make it more difficult for him to break his way onto the roster.

Bradley Zimmer

Injuries have caused Zimmer to miss the majority of the 2018 and ’19 seasons. Because of that, the team may need to see him get a few more at-bats in the Minors before calling him up to the big leagues.

“We said, ‘Hey, we’ll be honest with you where we think you fit in or what we think you need to do,’” Francona said. “And he understands that. We’re not trying to get in his way of being a good player, but we also want to be honest about things we see.”

On Roberto Perez’s ankle and three other things concerning the Indians |

Perez is taking it easy at the start of spring training to make sure his surgically-repaired ankle is 100%.

Tony Fernandez dies at 57 | WKYC

Fernández suffered a stroke and had been dealing with issues from kidney disease.

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