Don’t believe the hype — spring training is actually terrible. After the first couple exhibition games it’s just another stage of the offseason with the added anxiety of your favorite player potentially tearing a ligament against a Double-A pitcher. There’s always at least one spring training game worth getting excited about, though: The first one.
This Saturday, Feb. 22, the Cleveland Indians will open their spring schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. For this preview of the dramatic Ohio Cup they’ll turn to Jefry Rodriguez, followed by Scott Moss on Sunday, and Zac Plesac to on Monday against the Rockies.
Jefry Rodriguez will start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Reds. Scott Moss will start Sunday's game vs. KC and Zach Plesac will start Monday's game vs. the Rockies.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 19, 2020
The opener takes place at 3:05 p.m. ET, but is not one of 10 games being broadcast on SportsTimeOhio — the first STO game will be on Feb. 27. The only want to follow along with the opener will be on WTAM.
Rodriguez joined the Indians last offseason as part of the deal that sent Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals. Early season injuries quickly thrust him into a starting role where he allowed 23 runs, 19 walks, and struck out 32 in eight starts before a right shoulder strain landed him on the injured list.
With Mike Clevinger sidelined for at least a few starts out of the gate, Rodriguez figures to be in the mix for the fifth rotation spot. When everyone is healthy he profiles more as an intriguing bullpen piece.