April 1, 2015

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Indians: Gavin Floyd on comeback trail again after suffering broken elbow last year

Pitcher Gavin Floyd takes fielding practice earlier during Indians spring training in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Gavin Floyd was unlucky times two. The right-hander made it all the way back from dreaded Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and was pitching well last year for the Atlanta Braves when disaster struck again. In his ninth start, June 19 at Washington, Floyd’s promising comeback season ended when his Read More…

Indians Notes: Exhibition season starts today … finally

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Today is a big day for the Indians and an even bigger one for their fans. Cleveland opens exhibition play at 3:05 p.m., taking on the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Manager Terry Francona thinks his team is ready to start playing games — even if they don’t count. “The timetable is Read More…

Indians’ Jason Kipnis is looking to put last season behind him

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis participates in a drill during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Newly crowned All-Star Jason Kipnis was on top of the world after the 2013 season. Then 2014 rolled around. With pretty much everyone in baseball expecting Kipnis to take the next step to stardom, the 28-year-old second baseman tripped and fell, producing a dismal season after signing a six-year, $52.5 million contract Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber faces live hitters for first time

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber warms up during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A new round of Indians pitchers got the opportunity to face hitters for the first time Sunday, and one of them was somebody Cleveland fans know well — defending American League Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. “It’s hard to read too much into what the hitters are doing because it’s their Read More…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

Cleveland Indians participate in a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…

Indians Notes: Live batting practice debut is positive for pitchers

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes hits a ball during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Trevor Bauer was among a number of pitchers — including Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Bruce Chen — to take the mound Saturday, as Indians hitters took live batting practice for the first time. “(It felt) weird, like always,” said Bauer, who claimed to have thrown every pitch in his Read More…

Indians: Cerebral pitcher Trevor Bauer looking to build on 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This is Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer talking about adjusting to variables: “You’re never going to be able to repeat your delivery,” he said. “The mound’s always going to be slightly different. You’re going to be slightly stronger or weaker, tired, different surroundings. So a lot of what I did this offseason is Read More…

Indians notes: Plenty of familiar faces at camp again

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As has been the case for years, the Indians have former players as guest instructors at training camp. This spring, they are John McDonald and Travis Hafner. “The benefit is you’re getting some really good baseball people that for whatever reason aren’t able to commit to a full season, especially if they Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More…

Indians: Michael Bourn banking on injury-free season after pair of disappointing years

Michael Bourn

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nick Swisher isn’t the only Indians veteran with something to prove. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who joined Swisher as free agent acquisitions in 2013, wants to show Cleveland what he’s like at 100 percent. Like Swisher, Bourn signed a big-money contract — four years, $48 million. And like Swisher, he’s given the Read More…