The rain's pouring down on our roof

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
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Absolutely nothing happened at Indians camp today, and that’s good news for you, the reader.

CI_022201-119.jpgBecause as the rain poured down upon the Player Development Complex and manager Manny Acta and GM Mark Shapiro held meetings with the pitchers and catchers, I had plenty of time to catch up with various members of the Tribe roster.

Here, then, is all the latest.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…

  • As you may have seen on the Indians.com site, Jeremy Sowers’ rotation hopes will probably take a hit because of the left shoulder inflammation he’s dealing with. He said the shoulder gave him some trouble off an on throughout the ’09 season, and he came here a month early to get treatment for it. Sowers estimated that he’ll be “a couple weeks” behind his teammates in camp, which has to hurt his chances of a starting job. Acta estimated that Sowers will be “a week to 10 days” behind.
  • Even if he doesn’t make the rotation, Sowers, who is out of Minor League options, might have a chance of landing in the bullpen, though his stuff is hardly suited for the role. Still, given the expected problems in the rotation this season, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Indians carrying a guy like Sowers as a long man.
  • Shin-Soo Choo says he hopes to participate in the 2010 Asian Games in November. If the South Korean baseball team wins the gold medal in that event, its members would likely receive an exemption from their two-year obligation to the Korean military. Obviously, that’s something that appeals to Choo. He’s spoken about this situation with the Indians, and it will likely be revisted at season’s end. He’d like to get their permission to participate. Here’s the full story on Choo.  
  • Top prospect Carlos Santana, who had surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his right hand in December, said he has no restrictions and should be ready to play when the Cactus League season opens next week. It will be interesting to see if Santana’s power is affected by that surgery this season.
  • Jhonny Peralta’s been around here long enough to know that players often get moved in the final guaranteed year of their contracts. And given Peralta, who is due to make $4.6 million this year, is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, he’s curious to see what happens. “I don’t know what they’re going to do,” he said, “but I want to be here. I don’t know what’s on their mind. There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll just try to play how I play.”
  • Peralta became a father over the winter. His wife Molly gave birth to a daughter, Analise, in October. “It’s a great experience,” he said of fatherhood.
  • Peralta still sounds a bit mystified over how the third base situation played out last year. “In Spring Training, they didn’t say to me that I’d be playing third base [during the season],” he said. “Then one day in the middle of the season, they say I’m playing third base.”
  • Anthony Reyes, who had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and an ulnar nerve transposition surgery last June, said his arm feels stable and strong. He’s throwing long toss right now. He’s not sure when he’ll start throwing off a mound. Reyes probably won’t be a big league option until July, at the absolute earliest.
  • Chris Gimenez raved about his Venezuelan winter ball experience. He left for Venezuela in November, just eight days after he and his wife, Kelly, were married. “I told my wife [going to winter ball] was our honeymoon,” he said. “She probably loved that. … I was a little worried about here down there, a tall, skinny white girl walking around. But everything went great.” Gimenez admitted he needed the winter ball grooming time because he found his offensive performance in the second half last year to be “embarrassing.”
  • Gimenez is still being groomed as a super utility type. He’s probably one of the guys on the bubble when/if the Indians have to clear a spot on the 40-man for Russell Branyan.
  • Speaking of Branyan, I’d expect that deal to be made official on Wednesday, if he passes Tuesday’s physical exam. It usually takes a day to process the results of those tests.
  • Jamey Wright is roughly 9 feet tall, give or take a few feet.
  • The pre-camp meetings the began today serve to let a player know where he stands coming into the season. Acta said he didn’t have these meetings in Washington, but he loves the idea. “It’s tremendous,” he said. “It’s a step toward building communication and making things clear to every one of the guys.”
  • The pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout Tuesday morning. Position players officially report Wednesday, even though they all seem to be here already.

~AC

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There’s a red moon rising
On the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

AC glad to see ya back
The countdown to contending next year starts now

Cleveland city of light city of magic
Cleveland city of light you’re calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
‘Cause the Cuyahoga River
Goes smokin’ through my dreams….

These two points kill me:
Peralta still sounds a bit mystified over how the third base situation played out last year. “In Spring Training, they didn’t say to me that I’d be playing third base [during the season],” he said. “Then one day in the middle of the season, they say I’m playing third base.”
AND
The pre-camp meetings the began today serve to let a player know where he stands coming into the season. Acta said he didn’t have these meetings in Washington, but he loves the idea. “It’s tremendous,” he said. “It’s a step toward building communication and making things clear to every one of the guys.”
You’ve got to think that either Wedge was awful at these or Peralta is — or both.

[fingers snapping in applause]

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