Indians Thursday news & links: Danny Salazar will take mound on Friday

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Danny Salazar will see first ST action on Friday and notes on the Little Cowboy and a front office addition.

Notes From Camp

Danny Salazar sees first game action Friday: Cleveland Indians spring training notes (video) | cleveland.comDanny Salazar, who impressed with his high-octane fastball last year, will make his first game appearance on Friday. The Indians still aren't saying if and when he'll be ready for the regular season.

Is Francisco Lindor ready? 5 observations from Cleveland Indians spring training | cleveland.com - Hoynes' notes column.

Tomlin's focus on comeback, not competition | indians.com: News - Bastian's notes column features the Little Cowboy.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis not satisfied with his or club's success | MLB.com: News - During Cleveland's run to the American League Wild Card Game last season, Jason Kipnis proved to be the motor within the Indians' versatile offense. Terry Francona trusted the second baseman with the third spot in the batting order and the Tribe's manager sees no reason not to open the coming campaign with the same plan.

Cleveland Indians announce former MLB player Matt Kata has joined front office | indians.com: News - The Cleveland Indians have announced the addition of Major League Baseball veteran Matt Kata to the club's front office.

Around the Horn

The Tigers are tasked with finding a replacement for Andy Dirks | MLB.com: NewsAndy Dirks' back injury leaves an opening for LGFT Ezequiel Carrera and Trevor Crowe with the Tigers.

Rick Ankiel is retiring | HardballTalkRick Ankiel has officially retired and apparently hopes to join a front office in some capacity.

Video: Brian Wilson threw a knuckleball today | HardballTalk - It was weird enough to see Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson start today's Cactus League game against the Mariners, but then he did this with his first pitch to Brad Miller: Yes, Wilson threw what appears to be a knuckleball. And it was actually pretty good.

James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day | HardballTalk - Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won't negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can't be worked out before then. This could leave Dayton Moore with a tough decision at the trade deadline.

Jose Iglesias has the drive to be the best player he can be. | SportsonEarth.com : Matt Crossman Article - At 24, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias is fulfilling the dream that drove him to leave everyone he knew and loved behind in Cuba: He begins the 2014 season eager to prove himself as baseball's next great shortstop.

Toronto could be special, but it will take luck. | SportsonEarth.com : Marc Normandin Article - In the immortal words of blues singer Paul Thorn, "Everybody looks good at the starting line."

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