Getting better all the time
Matt LaPorta had a conference call with reporters today. Not a whole lot to add to my most recent update on his progress in his recovery from hip and toe surgeries, though it’s worth noting that he expects to be cleared to initiate baseball activities next week.
“I should be able to start Spring Training with everybody else,” LaPorta said. “I’ll have another checkup with my doctors right before [Spring Training] to make sure I’m 100 percent. I’m on a good pace.”
Of course, the Indians will know a lot more about LaPorta’s pace once he begins running, throwing and hitting. His original timetable for recovery from the October surgeries was four to six months, and it remains to be seen where he’ll fall in that timeframe. If it’s four months, then the Indians have their starting first baseman. If it’s six, they’ll have to dip into their depth, which could include the recently signed Austin Kearns and/or Shelley Duncan.
LaPorta said he doesn’t expect to limited in any way, once healthy, and that he can help out in both the outfield and first base. The Indians have made it clear they expect LaPorta to see the bulk of his time in 2010 at first.