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Spring means…..

Its the first day of Spring! Hooray! What does this mean? It depends on who you ask?

For some, it means Spring Cleaning!

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For others, its means continued soul searching

 

For some its time to think about getting the lawn back in shape

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Some desire to get thin after the long Winter slumber!

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Whatever the reason or motivation, the change from Winter to Spring is great, yet challenging. For the Indians organization, this was no exception. As was reported from various Indians media sources, quite a lot of things happened in the last few days.

 
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First, Adam Miller, one of the Indians top prospects was reported to have to have career threatening surgery unless he can learn to change the way he throws and gain enough command to maintain the ability to compete as a pitcher.

Next, the great trim happened for 15 players on the Spring Training Roster.

 

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Along with Adam Miller, RHPs John Meloan and Juan Salas, LHP Tony Sipp and 2B Luis Valbuena were optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

  
  
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RHP Hector Rondon and C Carlos Santana were optioned to Double-A Akron.

RHP Jack Cassel, LHP David Huff, C Armando Camacaro, 1B Jordan Brown, 3B Wes Hodges, INF Jesus Merchan, 1B Beau Mills and OF Stephen Head were reassigned to Minor League camp.

 

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Just when I thought the routine was over, the news broke that Fausto Carmona now was bruised in the forearm in an intrasquad game and is now day to day. Quick, someone get these guys healthy for April 6th. I want to think we have a team left not looking like this before the season starts. 

 

Luckily Aaron Laffey came out healthy again. His stats against the Brewers at Maryvale Stadium were 4 innings pitched, 3 runs all earned, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no homeruns. There was nothing that told me the fifth starter wasn’t his to have, still.

Today, Carl Pavano is scheduled to faceoff against the A’s in Goodyear. My goals are to stay in good health and just hang on until April 6th. I just hope all the players and coaches can just hang on, stay healthy out of camp and continue healthy throughout the upcoming 2009 season.

After all, in Ohio, its all about hanging on…

 

By the way, good luck to Ohio State and Cleveland State today. Hopefully both can hang on today also in the 64 team NCAA  Men’s Basketball tournament. We shall see.

                    

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Thoughts on Pavano, win against Cubs on 3/4, Sizemore and Choo

Pavano pitch.jpgI know, I know, the detractors are out there. After all, when a pitcher named Carl Pavano did not live up to his potential when with the Yankees, the media and the fans have to wonder is there anything left in the tank with Pavano. Why did Cleveland do this? Anthony Castrovince

mentioned in his blog that Pavano “looked rough” in yesterday afternoon’s game against the Cubs. His line score showed that he gave up three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. Yet in my observations of him, I thought he looked like a man that was determined, ready to prove other teams wrong for passing him up or simply giving up on him. The point is, we won and he says he felt GREAT!

We ended up winning 5-4 yesterday. I was pleased to hear that Beau Mills was continuing to progress as he hit another homer, this time off Chad Gaudin. Beau was making good contact while I was there and really making an impression on the coaches there and myself.

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A word about Sizemore. As you know Sizemore pulled out of the WBC. This picture was taken a few days with Sizemore talking to his trainer before the announcement was made. I was glad to read he may practice tomorrow and then play Saturday or next week. I know in this game last week against the D-Backs, his swing did not look well.
I only wish we could keep a tighter look at Choo also. Reports say he hurt himself. The pressure is out there to represent your country well in the WBC, yet Sizemore said it well when he said that he would not be doing well to show up with an injury in the WBC or come back more injured after the WBC and do the Indians a disservice. I wonder how Choo feels. All we as fans can do is hope for the best.