Game Thread: February 27, 2011



Some notes as the Indians prepare to take the field for the first time in 2011:

 

The Indians open Cactus League play Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds | indians.com: News
Jordan Bastian sets the stage for this spring's games by going over the battles for the few open positions on the roster. With the signing of Chad Durbin, it looks like the rotation spots are more or less set, but given how bullpens tend to go, a good showing this spring should pay off soon for a reliever going to the minors. Alex White and Zach Putnam should appear in today's game, along with a bunch of major-league relievers.

Choo to sit out opener with elbow soreness | indians.com: News
Shin-Soo Choo will sit out today's game with "mild left elbow soreness." He should play in Monday's game, though.

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle Mariners hope stomach issue goes away | cleveland.com
LGFT Franklin Gutierrez has been sidelined with a mysterious stomach ailment. He suffered through the same thing mid-way through last season, which could have had something to do with his offensive fade.

 

Jody Gerut retires, for the right reasons | Seattle Mariners Insider - The News Tribune
Speaking of former Tribe outfielders, Jody Gerut retired today, citing a lack of passion for the game. He's 33 years old.

 

The game will be broadcast at 3:00 on WMMS (100.7 FM) in the Cleveland area, and should be available on-line on mlb.com. I'll put the lineup up as soon as it's available.

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