PHOTO GALLERY: Full-squad workouts begin and Lindor wins the race, Feb. 24

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The whole gang’s here and the first Spring game is only a week away. Players took part in a conditioning race that Francisco Lindor finished in a diving fashion!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: A not-so-lazy Sunday at the complex, Feb. 22

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Full-squad report date!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Day before full workouts begin, Feb. 23

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Full-squad workouts begin on Tuesday, Feb. 24, but plenty was happening around the complex on Monday — including another new face, Brandon Moss, getting some work in.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

 

PHOTO GALLERY: Another beautiful day in Goodyear, Feb. 21

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New to camp today: Bourn, Santana and more!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Pitchers, catchers first workouts, Feb. 20

 

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First workouts for pitchers and catchers were today! Here are details on some friendly competition among the pitchers! Enjoy!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Support the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team and help fight cancer

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The Cleveland Indians are proud to once again support VeloSano in their mission to fight cancer and bike for a cure.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure”, is a three day cycling event with 100% of money raised going towards cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to being a partner for the 2015 event, the Cleveland Indians are forming their own cycling team, and we want you to be a part of it! Riders who join the Indians team will receive complimentary registration (over $100 savings) and a free Indians team bike jersey.

“The Cleveland Indians are proud to support VeloSano in their mission to fund cancer research,” said Bart Swain, Indians Director of Baseball Information and Cleveland Indians VeloSano team captain. “As an organization we look for ways to positively impact our community, and this event is a great way for us to get involved and make a difference.”

The VeloSano event will take place on July 17-19, 2015, giving those interested plenty of time to start training and fundraising! There a multiple ride distances ranging from 12-miles to 207-miles, making it easy for people of varying experience to get involved.

If you are interested in supporting the Cleveland Indians cycling team, but are not able to ride, here’s how you can help:

  • Donate: You can support our team by donating to the cause. We truly appreciate any support our fans are willing and able to give!
  • Virtual Rider: This is the “no bike required” option for VeloSano. You fundraise just as any riding team member would, but don’t ride in the cycling event.

For more information on VeloSano, please visit velosano.org. If you are interested in signing up for the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team, contact Angela at amartin@indians.com.

Major League Baseball announces pace of game initiatives for 2015 MLB regular season

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Major League Baseball has announced new initiatives to increase the pace of play, effective immediately for the 2015 season.

The new rules and guidelines are as follows:

  • Enforcing of the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of a group of exceptions occurs.
  • An addition of timers that will measure non-game action and break time between innings and pitching changes during each Major League game. One timer will be installed on or near the outfield scoreboard, and a smaller timer will be installed on the façade behind home plate near the press box. Immediately following the third out of each half-inning, the timer will count down from 2:25 for locally televised games and from 2:45 for nationally televised games. An MLB representative attending each game will operate the timers from the ballpark and will track the following event
  • Time Remaining Activity
    40 Seconds PA announces batter and begins to play walk-up music
    30 Seconds Pitcher throws final warm-up pitch
    25 Seconds Batter’s walk-up music ends
    20 Seconds-5 Seconds Batter enters the batter’s box
    20 Seconds-0 Seconds Pitcher begins motion to deliver pitch
  • Pitchers will be permitted to throw as many warm-up pitches as they wish prior to the point when 30 seconds remain on the clock; however, pitchers will be deemed to have forfeited any of their traditional eight warm-up pitches that they are unable to complete prior to the 30-second deadline. Exceptions to these rules will be made in a variety of circumstances, including if the pitcher or catcher ended the prior half-inning at bat or on base.
  • Batters will be encouraged to get into the batter’s box with 20 seconds remaining on the timer.  This is the same time that the broadcasters return from commercial. The pitcher is expected to begin his motion to deliver the pitch as soon as the batter gets into the batter’s box and becomes alert to the pitcher. Batters who do not enter the box prior to five seconds remaining on the timer and pitchers who do not begin the motion to deliver the pitch prior to zero seconds remaining on the timer will be deemed to have violated the break timing rules.
  • These rules will be enforced through a warning and fine system, with discipline resulting for flagrant violators. No fines will be issued in Spring Training or in April of the 2015 regular season.  Donations will be made to the Major League Baseball Players Trust charitable foundation based on the level of adherence to the new rules.

“These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play. The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly,” MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spring Training, Day 2

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More smiles on Day 2 of Spring camp, and why not? Spring opener is just 11 days away!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Pre-Spring injury updates: Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Gavin Floyd, Brandon Moss, Ryan Raburn, Giovanny Urshela

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The Indians medical staff released the following updates on Thursday, regarding some rehabbing Indians players:

2B Jason Kipnis (left ring finger extensor repair)

Responding as expected following left ring finger extensor tendon repair.  Currently unrestricted with defensive work and throwing.  He is working through a return to hit progression, currently at the front-toss phase of cage-hitting.  Expected to resume hitting on the field within the first week of spring training and should be available for game activity shortly after games begin in early March.

1B/OF Nick Swisher (bi-lateral knee surgery)

Comes into camp unrestricted with hitting and throwing.  Currently on a structured running and agility progression designed to allow his knees to accommodate to the increased volume and intensity of spring training.  Scheduled to begin outfield specific work and base-running in 2 weeks.  Expected to resume game activity in mid-March.

RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow olecranon internal fixation)

Currently throwing bullpens and building up volume and intensity.  Will follow a structured bullpen and live BP schedule, very similar to the rest of the pitchers, but individualized to monitor his recovery with respect to his elbow medical history.  Expected to resume game activity (potentially a non “A” game environment to start) by the second week of March.

OF Brandon Moss (right hip labrum repair)

Currently completing a hitting and running progression post right hip surgery (labrum repair).  Continues to hit all of his goals in terms of his physical assessment and functional performance.  Currently completing overhand-toss hitting and building up his sprint work.  Expected to begin position-specific running in 7-10 days and begin hitting on the field at the end of February or early March.  Expected to resume game activity in mid-March.

OF Ryan Raburn (left knee surgery)

Completed rehab and off-season S&C work.  Comes into camp mostly unrestricted. Will monitor his work load early as his knee adjusts to increased volume and intensity. Expected to be available for game activity when games begin.

INF Giovanny Urshela (left knee PCL sprain)

Giovanny had completed his rehab from his left knee PCL sprain and has tolerated all baseball activity well.  He will be unrestricted in terms of all baseball activity at the start of spring training.  Will monitor his overall activity early on as he adjusts the increase in volume and intensity of activity.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pitchers and Catchers report, Feb. 18

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Pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz., today, but as you’ll see, most of the squad is already in the house. They look pretty happy, too, don’t they?

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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