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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.
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

Zach Walters said Tuesday that he played through a torn intercostal for roughly three weeks between August and September last season.

It was reported last September than an MRI on his rib cage showed no structural damage, but Walters said Tuesday that the injury greatly impacted his production at the plate. The 25-year-old hit just .170 with 32 strikeouts in 94 plate appearances with Cleveland, but he still launched seven homers. He projects to open 2015 in a utility role.
Feb 17 - 11:38 AM

Indians signed LHP Bruce Chen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chen, 37, was useful at times during his tenure with the Royals but wound up posting a 7.45 ERA and 1.76 WHIP for them in 2014 before being released. The left-hander will earn $1 million if he makes the big league roster with another $1 million available in incentives. He's a long shot to make any sort of impact in 2015.
Feb 16 - 10:29 PM

Jason Giambi has announced his retirement from baseball.

"After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player," Giambi said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "To the game of baseball: I started playing you when I was a kid and I’m leaving you a man. Thank you." The 44-year-old has been offered a non-playing role with the Indians, but it's not clear yet whether that will be his next venture. Giambi totaled 2,010 hits, 440 home runs, and 1,441 RBI in his illustrious big league career.
Feb 16 - 2:05 PM

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