February 28, 2015

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Indians notes: Acta offers glimmer of hope for Sizemore

MESA, Ariz. — Close to two weeks after general manager Chris Antonetti said it was unlikely that Grady Sizemore would be ready for opening day, manager Manny Acta disputed that notion a bit. “It’s not a foregone conclusion,” Acta said Thursday prior to the Indians’ 2-1 loss to the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., “not until Read More…

Who will back up catcher Carlos Santana?

MESA, Ariz. — The Indians already know Carlos Santana will be their starting catcher when the season opens April 1 against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Who will back him up is still in doubt and most likely will remain that way until the final days of camp. “That one is probably going Read More…

Indians spring training: Santana passes first test

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Santana overcame knee surgery to make it back for the first exhibition game. His next challenge is learning a new position. Santana, the promising young catcher, made his spring debut at first base Wednesday in a 9-2 loss to the split-squad Padres at Goodyear Ballpark. As the Indians search for ways Read More…

Indians notes: Carrasco returns to mound

Chris Assenheimer The Chronicle-Telegram GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Right-hander Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits in three innings of a 9-2 loss to the split-squad Padres at Goodyear Ballpark. Carrasco, who is slated to begin the season as Cleveland’s fourth starter, made one exhibition appearance, but his second was Read More…

Santana makes debut at first base

Chris Assenheimer The Chronicle-Telegram GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Santana overcame knee surgery to make it back for the first exhibition game. His next challenge is learning a new position. Santana, the Indians’ promising young catcher, made his spring debut at first base Wednesday in a 9-2 loss to the split-squad Padres at Goodyear Ballpark. As Read More…

Split-squad Padres drub Indians

(SS) PADRES (5-5-1) 9, INDIANS (4-7-1) 2 HITS: Carlos Santana went 1-for-2 with a double and scored a run, playing well in his first exhibition game at first base. … Third baseman Luis Valbuena hit his team-leading third home run of the spring, a solo shot off Jeremy Hefner in the eighth inning. MISSES: Left-hander Read More…

Game info from Indians’ 16-5 loss to D-backs on Tuesday

DIAMONDBACKS (5-9) 16, INDIANS (4-6-1) 5, Hits: Big time prospect Lonnie Chisenhall continued his red-hot spring with a 4-for-5 performance that included a triple. … Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-3 and drove in Cleveland’s first two runs. Misses: Opening day starter Fausto Carmona was lit up for six runs on seven hits over three innings. He Read More…

Indians: Chisenhall impressing out of the gate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — He’s been the biggest story for the Indians this spring and he is all but certain to begin the 2011 season in the minor leagues. He is Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall, who has replaced catcher Carlos Santana as Cleveland’s top prospect, has been impressive through eight exhibition games, displaying the sweet stroke that Read More…

Choo back in field for Indians, thinking about postseason

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – There’s a perk Shin-Soo Choo’s chasing, and it’s not one the outfielder’s super agent can negotiate into a new contract. Choo’s sights are set on another prize – for him and the Cleveland Indians. “Playoffs,” he said. “That’s it. Nothing else.” Limited to a DH role so far this spring because of Read More…

Grady Sizemore likely out for opener Indians opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Grady Sizemore’s goal is to be in center field on opening day. The Cleveland Indians have accepted that might not be possible. General manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that he’s not expecting Sizemore, the three-time All-Star who underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in June, to be ready when the Indians Read More…