Fans of the American League champion, Cleveland Indians are getting the royal shaft this spring.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal used to send its beat writers to cover spring training. To save money they are relying on the Associated Press, only they have cut back so much to save their budgets, Many Cleveland fans are left in the dark. The AP until this spring had a 600 word piece written from every game. This spring they aren’t staffing every game. Game stories, two sentences per team are being written off box scores.
Daily papers are ignoring the snippets.
My posts have always been geared to Cincinnati sports but in order to fill the void, I am going to try to write daily notes about the Indians. Here is the first:
Carlos Carrasco pitched two innings, allowing two runs but wiil claim victory over injury.
Carrasco broke his finger when he was hit with a line drive last season. His outing was his first since.’
“It was nice to see him pitch,” Indians’ manager Terry Francona said. “He left a fastball up to Lazar which he hit a mile. It might have been fair it might have been foul. Four months from now no one will care about it. For the most part he stayed in his delivery real well. It’s a good first step.”
“He broke his finger, it wasn’t like a shoulder an elbow, once the finger healed, He is going to get more innings than anyone this spring because he didn’t get as many last year.”
Michael Brantley is taking it slowly this year. He was coming off a shoulder injury last spring. He had setbacks that limited.11 games and 43 at bats in 2016.
“These are different circumstances,” Francona said. “No one has a crystal ball. You try to do what’s right all the time. This year, just like last year, he’s got to accomplish yardmarkers, then move on to the next phase. There is no time table on any of them. When he does to the medical people’s satisfaction, he moves on. By the time he gets to game action, it is pretty significant what he went through. The only time it really got to him is when he got to game action.”
Rajai Davis is leading off against the Indians on Tuesday in Mesa. Davis tied game seven of the World Series against the Cubs last year. This winter he signed with the Oakland A’s as a free agent.
“I probably did get caught up in that moment,” Francona said. “But you’re so cognizant of making sure everything is taken care of. I probably get as much enjoyment in watching everybody else get excited. Believe me, I was too. Even though I wasn’t jumping around. My first thought was, “Is everybody where they’re supposed to be because things change significantly with a swing like that.”