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Ryan Raburn (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday.

Raburn underwent arthroscopic surgery last September to repair a tear in his left lateral meniscus, but he entered spring training without any restrictions. After a big first season with the Indians in 2013, the veteran outfielder batted just 200/.250/.297 with four homers and 22 RBI across 74 games last season.
Mar 3 - 12:09 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Jason Kipnis (finger) will likely make his Cactus League debut this weekend.

The Indians are easing Kipnis into things after December surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .240/.310/.330 with six home runs and 41 RBI over 129 games, but there's serious rebound potential if he's feeling good.
Mar 3 - 12:04 PM

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

Indians manager Terry Francona indicated on Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) is likely a couple weeks away from game action.

Brandon Moss (hip) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut in mid-March, and Francona noted that he "might be a little ahead" of Swisher. "I don't want those guys to feel like there's a deadline, because there's not," the skipper added. Swisher is coming back from surgery on both knees, and while he's been able to hit with no issues, he's not yet running at nearly 100 percent. The veteran should still have enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have setbacks.
Mar 2 - 6:35 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Brantley was slowed by a sore back last week, but it was never a serious concern. The 27-year-old rising star batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season.
Mar 2 - 2:52 PM

Gavin Floyd (elbow) successfully made it through his first live batting practice session on Sunday without issue.

It's the first time that the veteran right-hander had faced a live hitter since sustaining his elbow injury in June. Floyd wound up throwing around 50 pitches including warm-ups and came away from the session feeling good. He'll repeat the exercise again on Wednesday.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 1 - 8:47 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests.
Feb 28 - 3:33 PM

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

Michael Brantley sat out of the Indians' sprinting competition Tuesday due to a sore back.

It was nothing more than a precautionary measure. Brantley had a huge breakout season in 2014, batting .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games. The 27-year-old outfielder should be a fantasy monster in 2015.
Feb 24 - 4:16 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

Due to his ability to start and pitch out of the bullpen, Zach McAllister is expected to earn a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.

While the 27-year-old is vying for the fifth and final spot in the Tribe's starting rotation, he demonstrated the ability to pitch well out of the bullpen in September and opened a few eyes in the organization. As he's out of options, he would have to be exposed to waivers if he doesn't earn a spot on the 25-man roster, which gives the team additional motivation to find a spot where he'll fit.
Feb 22 - 9:30 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

The Indians are hoping Jason Kipnis (finger) will resume hitting on the field next week and be cleared for game action shortly into the Cactus League schedule.

Kipnis had surgery in December on his left ring finger to repair tendon damage. It was considered a relatively minor operation, as the second baseman is unrestricted with defense and throwing and is building up his hitting program gradually. He'll be fine come Opening Day.
Feb 19 - 7:42 PM

Gavin Floyd (elbow) is only slightly behind the other Indians pitchers at the beginning of spring training.

Floyd underwent surgery last June to repair a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. The Indians are just proceeding extra cautiously here, as he's expected to be in game action by the second week of March and ready to roll on Opening Day. Floyd has already been promised a spot in the Tribe's rotation.
Feb 19 - 7:38 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) has been cleared for full hitting.

Swisher underwent season-ending surgery on his both his knees last August. While he's still working through a running program, he hasn't had any setbacks during his rehab process. The 33-year-old is owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017. The Indians would surely like to trade him, but he'll have to prove his health for anyone to consider the possibility.
Feb 17 - 11:42 AM


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