The Cleveland Indians maintain a winning record (9-5) in spring training, although several players sit out due to injuries.
The injured players, according to mlb.com, include:
- Michael Brantely, center fielder, injured left forearm, likely ready for opening day;
- Matt LaPorta, first baseman, recovering from left hip arthroscopy, possibly ready for opening day;
- Chris Perez, pitcher, strained right shoulder, possibly back opening day;
- Josh Tomlin, pitcher, recovery from Tommy John surgery, possibly back late 2013;
- Blake Wood, pitcher, recovery from Tommy John surgery, possibly back late 2013;
- Frank Herrmann, pitcher, right elbow strain, return date to be determined.
The injury prevented Perez from participating in the World Baseball Classic alongside his teammate Vinnie Pestano, who was also asked to play for Team USA.
However, manager Terry Francona’s outlook for the Tribe remains strong. Several players are competing for the same starting spots.
“If everyone stays healthy, we’re going to have some difficult decisions to make,” said Francona in an article on cleveland.cbslocal.com.
And David Huff, a Tribe pitcher, is working for one of those spots.
“He’s in every mix,” Francona said in an article on cleveland.indians.mlb.com. “That’s why we’re keeping him stretched out as long as we can. And then you kind of start making decisions based on how your team is set up. The last thing you want to do is, too early in camp, tell a guy he’s going in the bullpen and then try to stretch him out again. That doesn’t work.”
The Indians face the New York Yankees on April 8 in their sold out home opener.