New teammates Sandy Leon and Roberto Perez already forming a bond in spring training. Indians manager Terry Francona told the media yesterday that "Roberto really wants to spend time with Sandy, getting back to the fundamentals." That's a great sign.
Pitchers James Karinchak, Emmanuel Clase, James Hoyt among the many that threw for the first time this spring. When asked about watching Clase in practice today, Francona said "He was throwing 100 mph bowling balls." We throwing 100mph bowling balls, you better believe that this will help the Indians bullpen.
Clase was traded by the Texas Rangers along with OF Delino DeShields in exchange for RHP Corey Kluber. He went 2-3 with an ERA of 2.31 last season with the Rangers.
Other stories of the day, RHP Mike Clevinger underwent arthroscopic surgery after he was diagnosed yesterday with a partial tear of his left meniscus. We will know more about his timeline of return tomorrow.
Finally, early this morning Indians made it official that they've signed OF Domingo Santana for the 2020 season with a club option for 2021.
Santana, 27, spent the 2019 season with the Seattle Mariners, batting .253 (114-for-451) with 20 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs and 69 RBI in 121 games. His 30 RBI in March/April were the most in the American League and equaled a Mariners club record set by Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1997. He will wear No. 24.
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