3/5: Indians "at" Reds

UPDATE: Jordan Brown was carted off the practice field with right knee soreness and has been scratched. He’s replaced in left field by Austin Kearns. Right-hander Jason Grilli also suffered a knee injury on the agility field.

For the record, the right knee is not the knee that Brown had arthroscopic surgery performed on in 2008. Brown, who hit two homers in the two intrasquad games, was on crutches after the workout and will get an MRI.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “I had a good groove going and felt good about what I was doing.”

Grilli will also receive an MRI. The Indians won’t have an update on either guy until Saturday.

I think those are the only two injuries to report from the morning workout, but I can’t swear to it. How’s your day going?

Ay, oh, way to go, Ohio. It’s the Cactus League opener for the Indians and Reds this afternoon, as the Buckeye ballclubs go to work at their shared home, Goodyear Ballpark.

Today’s game will begin at 3:05 p.m. ET, after the Reds officially christen their new spring digs with special appearances by members of the Big Red Machine and the 1990 World Series Champion Reds. No word on whether the Indians will counter with members of their early 1970s and 1990 teams (I’m keeping my eye out for Duane Kuiper and Alex Cole). But Bob Feller is expected to throw out a ceremonial first pitch Saturday, which is, technically, the Indians’ home opener.

Anyway, here are the lineups for today’s game, which will be aired live on SportsTime Ohio, the Indians Radio Network and MLB.TV. I’ll also post a few in-game updates on Twitter.

cle.gifINDIANS (0-0): SS Asdrubal Cabrera, CF Grady Sizemore, RF Shin-Soo Choo, DH Travis Hafner, 3B Jhonny Peralta, LF Austin Kearns Jordan Brown, 1B Andy Marte, 2B Luis Valbuena, C Lou Marson. RHP Justin Masterson.



cin.gifREDS (0-0):
CF Drew Stubbs, SS Orlando Cabrera, 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips, 3B Scott Rolen, RF Jay Bruce, LF Jonny Gomex, C Ramon Hernandez, DH Drew Stutton. RHP MIke Lincoln.


I hope Brown is alright. This spring was his chance to showcase his abilities. He needs to stay healthy and get every opportunity he can to show Acta and the new staff what he brings to the table.

Is it wrong that I am giddy with excitment? I know its spring training, but this is my first chance to watch a real, live, baseball game played by the tribe in exactley 5 months and one day. Hooray, baseball is back!

looking forward to the season. The lineup seems pretty good so I hope for an improvement this year!
Go Tribe!

Here’s hoping that Jordan’s injury is just a tweak and not a major set back. I’ve been watching him at Goodyear and he really seems motivated and zeroed in on making the big club. I’d much rather see him out there than the reclamation projects they have in Kearns and Duncan. Go Jordan we’re pulling for you.

That sucks about Brown. The Branyan pickup suddenly doesn’t seem too bad.

Masterson and Laffey looked pretty sharp, most encouraging was the 0 walks. Too bad spring training doesn’t count. And can Weglarz play 3b? His swing looked much sweeter than Peralta’s.

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