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Brandon Moss | First Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Brandon Moss (illness) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.
Moss missed a couple days of action with the flu. He hasn't had any issues with his surgically-repaired hip and remains in line to be ready for Opening Day. Mar 15 - 11:09 AM

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Brandon Moss has been scratched from Friday's lineup due to a stomach bug.

The big news here is that Moss had been slated to play right field for the first time this spring after being limited to designated hitter duties the past few days. He'll be over the stomach issue soon and is on track to be ready to roll on Opening Day.
Mar 13 - 12:49 PM

Brandon Moss tripled and hit a solo home run in three at-bats as the Indians fell to the Athletics on Wednesday.

Moss homered in his debut on Monday and continued to hit the ball hard with two more extra-base hits Wednesday. His fourth inning solo homer brought the Indians to within one run. Having hit 76 home runs over the last three seasons, Moss should continue to bring the wood in 2015 with his new team.
Mar 11 - 7:26 PM

Brandon Moss homered in his Cactus League debut Monday versus the Mariners.

Moss finished 1-for-3 on the afternoon, taking Lucas Luetge out to right-center to tie the game up at 3-3 in the seventh inning. Moss is a bit late starting his spring due to offseason hip surgery, but barring any setbacks, he should be good to go by Opening Day. Having hit 25-plus home runs with 80-plus RBI in each of the last two seasons, he should add considerable pop to the Indians' lineup.
Mar 9 - 6:40 PM

Brandon Moss (hip) will make his Cactus League debut on Monday.

Moss has recovered quicker than expected from offseason hip surgery and is now ready for game action. He'll serve as the designated hitter on Monday but should be allowed to play the field before long. Moss obviously has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 8 - 11:52 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Brandon Moss (hip) has been "streaking" through his rehab.

Moss had hip surgery in October, so it sounds like he is making good progress. He ran the bases on Monday. Francona wouldn't say whether or not to expect Moss to be ready for Opening Day, but he should at least find himself in the spring lineup by mid-March.
Mar 3 - 11:58 AM

Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up.
Feb 25 - 3:33 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM

Brandon Moss (hip) is on pace to be cleared for Cactus League games by mid-March.

Working his way back from hip surgery, Moss is doing sprints and overhand-toss hitting drills. He is expected to begin position-specific running drills within the next 7-10 days and hitting on the field by the end of February or early March. Hip injuries can be worrisome, but all signs point to Moss being ready to go on Opening Day.
Feb 19 - 7:46 PM

Brandon Moss' follow-up exam with the doctor who performed his hip surgery went well.

He'll meet with the Indians' medical staff next weekend. Moss is expected to be fine for Opening Day, though he seems likely to be eased into things in spring training.
Jan 16 - 5:33 PM

Indians and 1B/OF Brandon Moss avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Moss was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. He's slated to open next season as the Tribe's right fielder but could also see some starts at first base and designated hitter.
Jan 16 - 2:10 PM

Indians acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Athletics for 2B Joey Wendle.

It's a small price to pay for a power upgrade. Moss struggled down the stretch this season due to a hip injury which required surgery in October, but he has slugged 76 home runs since the start of 2012. If healthy, he could pay big dividends, especially in a park that plays favorably to left-handed hitters. The addition of Moss creates a bit of a log jam between the outfield and DH, but the Indians are expected to attempt to trade Nick Swisher this offseason.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Indians have acquired Brandon Moss from the Athletics.

Prospect second baseman Joey Wendle will head back to Oakland in a one-for-one swap. Moss is coming off hip surgery, which likely affected the return. Still, he has the potential to be an impact bat in the middle of Cleveland's lineup.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:31:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Athletics and Indians are "on the verge" of a Brandon Moss trade.

This essentially confirms what was reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post this morning. The A's are reportedly targeting a young middle infielder in the deal, with Joe Wendle mentioned as a possibility.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians and Athletics are "inching closer" to a trade involving Brandon Moss.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expected trade talks to come to a resolution last Friday, but nothing has been finalized yet. Still, the A's are widely expected to move Moss and the Indians are prioritizing power. It's been reported that the A's could have interest in prospect second baseman Joe Wendle in the return.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Brett Hayes
1B1Carlos Santana
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Michael Martinez
SS1Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Bourn
2Tyler Holt
RF1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
3Zach Walters
4Jerry Sands
DH1Nick Swisher
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4T.J. House
5Zach McAllister
6Bruce Chen
7Shaun Marcum
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
7Josh Tomlin
8Anthony Swarzak
9Scott Downs
10Austin Adams
11Jeff Manship