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.
INDIANS (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.
REDS (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.