News and Notes: March 6, 2012

Not sure how this popped up in the photo file, but I thought I'd share it.. March 1970; Tucson, AZ, USA: FILE PHOTO; Cleveland Indians pitcher Steve Hargan pitches during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE

Indians still communicating with Hernandez | indians.com: News

During the broadcast yesterday, Chris Antonetti stopped by the booth, and one of the interesting tidbits of the interview was that the former Fausto Carmona's legal status would be clarified within two weeks. Presumably I think he was referring to the charges he's facing in the Dominican Republic. If theoretically he is able to leave the country, then the next step would be obtaining a work visa from the United States. Then if that happens, Major League Baseball would have a say on his status; Bastian mentions that Hernandez may face a suspension. So there's still several hurdles left for Hernandez to face, but it seems the Indians are optimistic about him pitching for the club at some point.

MLB - Cleveland Indians/Cincinnati Reds Box Score Monday March 5, 2012 - Yahoo! Sports

At this stage in the spring it's tough to make any evaluations, especially if the player has already made the club. For pitchers it's even tougher, since they often aren't using all their pitches. So I'm not going to make much of Justin Masterson's rough start, though Dan Wheeler, who is in a battle for a bullpen spot, didn't help himself with his outing.

For better or worse, Albert Belle was never boring as the face of the Cleveland Indians: Bill Livingston | cleveland.com

I suppose time actually does heal all wounds, because I thought Belle's departure from the Indians after the 1996 season was one of the ugliest breaks in recent baseball history. But thanks to some encouragement from his former teammates, Belle was there at camp last week, and hopefully that's the first step towards a more formal reconciliation with the organization and the fans. Belle is an obvious omission from the Indians Hall of Fame, and I think that's going to happen now.


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