Results tagged ‘ World Baseball Classic ’

Choo's fine, will remain in Classic

GM Mark Shapiro called Shin-Soo Choo’s triceps soreness a “non-issue.” Choo underwent a full physical examination at the Indians’ Player Development Complex on Tuesday and checked out fine. He will remain with South Korea in the World Baseball Classic.

Shapiro would not say whether or not Choo will still have restrictions, in terms of playing time and position. He was limited to DH duties in the first round and had a mandatory day off. Shapiro said he still has to have some conversations with the South Korean team about Choo’s status.

South Korea begins Round 2 play in San Diego’s Petco Park on Sunday. In the meantime, the Koreans are training in nearby Peoria.

Choo has sore triceps, might be pulled from Classic

The Indians are investigating the extent of Shin-Soo Choo’s sore left triceps and will offer their opinion on whether or not the outfielder should still compete for Korea in the World Baseball Classic.

Contrary to this Associated Press report, it is Choo’s triceps, not his surgically repaired elbow, that is hurting, though the situation is a concern to the Tribe, nonetheless.

But while the Indians can certainly give their opinion on whether Choo should play, the final decision is ultimately up to the Korean team.

“Right now, we’re in the process of getting the complete info as to the problem he’s encountered,” general manager Mark Shapiro said this morning. “From there, we’ll determine whether or not we object.”

Choo left the Indians on Feb. 24 to train with the Korean team in Hawaii before heading off to Japan for the tournament’s first round. South Korea faces Taiwan in its first game of the Classic on Friday at the Tokyo Dome.

UPDATE: A few other injury updates for you…

Kerry Wood (sore lower back) is throwing a bullpen today, a simulated session Saturday and is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday.

Travis Hafner (right shoudler surgery) is, indeed, making his debut Friday against the Brewers.

Adam Miller (sore right middle finger) is still nowhere to be found on Carl Willis’ pitching schedule for the next week, but that schedule is always subject to change.

Sizemore pulls out of World Baseball Classic

Grady Sizemore isn’t going anywhere, after all.


Sizemore informed the Indians on Friday morning that he will not be representing the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic because of soreness in his left groin. The Indians passed that information along to Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of on-field operations, who then confirmed it with Sizemore.


While the injury is considered mild, Sizemore didn’t want to push it in meaningful games. He tested it out by stealing a base in the fourth inning of a Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks on Thursday and didn’t feel quite right.


Sizemore had been expected to leave camp on Sunday. It would have been his first time playing in the Classic and representing his country. It was not immediately known who would replace Sizemore on Team USA’s 28-man roster. The Brewers’ Ryan Braun, the Tigers’ Curtis Granderson and the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe are the only other outfielders on the U.S. roster.


More on the site in a little bit. Sizemore will hold a press conference here in about 15 minutes.


UPDATE: Sizemore said he’s felt the groin soreness for a little over a week. He injured it while fielding fly balls in the outfield. He played in the Indians’ first two Cactus games to test it out and felt the soreness after each game. He didn’t want to push it any further and risk a more serious injury.


Eric Wedge said Sizemore will be held out of action for “a little while.” The exact timetable, of course, will depend on how Sizemore feels. But nobody seems to think this will be a major concern that will affect Sizemore’s ability to start the regular season.


Lastly, Phillies OF Shane Victorino has been named Sizemore’s replacement on the Team USA roster.

"You were making out during 'Schindler's List'?"

The Oscars take place tonight, and the whole world is wondering: When will Winslet win one?*


*I don't usually explain references, but I don't think enough people have seen "Extras" to appreciate that joke. There's an episode in which Kate Winslet is doing a movie about the Holocaust only because she believes that every movie about the Holocaust wins an Oscar. So now, tonight, Winslet is nominated for an actual Oscar about an actual movie about the Holocaust, and that's simply awesome.


Where was I? Ah, yes, the Oscars. I thought I'd assist some of my movie-loving readers with three-word reviews of the nominees for "Best Picture":


Frost/Nixon: Haven't seen it.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Heard it's awful.


Milk: Only drink skim.


Slumdog Millionaire: Heard it's great.


The Reader: Thought-provokingly adequate.


All right, so I've only actually seen one of the nominees. That could be part of the reason I wasn't asked to be a member of the Academy. But I can tell you what's going on with the Indians, so let's just go with what we know, all right?




  • The big news of the day was that Travis Hafner took BP outdoors with his teammates this morning. He was on Field No. 1, which is the one designed with Progressive Field's exact dimensions. One of his first swings was a shot off the 19-foot wall. He also hit a couple out to right -- not quite to "Pronkville" but close enough.
  • Hafner said he still feels some soreness in the mornings, but, all in all, the shoulder hasn't given him any major issues. He'll likely begin facing live pitchers the first week of March or so, then progress to the Cactus League games from there.
  • How troublesome was that shoulder last year? Hafner said it would sometimes hurt to eat. And no, that's not how he lost all that weight. Anyway, more on Hafner on the site in a little bit.
  • Shin-Soo Choo had to leave the field early in today's workout after he collided with Grady Sizemore during a pop-up drill. Sizemore's knee struck and bruised Choo's right knee. Choo wasn't gone long. He came back about 20 minutes later after getting quick treatment in the trainer's room, and he wasn't walking with a limp.
  • Choo, for the record, will leave here Tuesday for the World Baseball Classic. Team Korea will practice in Korea for three days, then head off to Japan.
  • Looking like Grady Sizemore, Mark DeRosa, Choo and Rafael Perez will be the Indians' only big-league participants in the World Baseball Classic
  • The Indians have signed off on the contracts for nine of their pre-arbitration players - Josh Barfield, Shin-Soo Choo, Aaron Laffey, John Meloan, Adam Miller, Anthony Reyes, Tony Sipp, Jeremy Sowers and Wyatt Toregas. There are 14 remaining pre-arb players on the roster, and it's expected three or four more signings will be made in the next few days.
  • If you're in the area and are interested in attending, the Indians' intrasquad game is at 1 p.m. local time Tuesday.


Classic picture clearing

The World Baseball Classic situation is a fluid one, but right now it looks like these guys are definites to represent their respective countries:

Grady Sizemore and Mark DeRosa (USA), Rafael Perez (Dominican), Shin-Soo Choo (Korea), Nick Weglarz (Canada) and Damaso Espino (Panama).

Don't wear sandals, try to avoid scandals

Forget about pitchers and catchers reporting. Everybody’s here.

Well, OK, not everybody, exactly. I did see a few unoccupied lockers (I won’t name names here, becuase you never know who’s going to roll through that door next). But the basic gist of the story is that virtually the entire roster is already in-house here at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?).

Not much news to report on Day 1. That’s what happens when you follow a team where the manager doesn’t write a book, the star players don’t become embroiled in steroids scandals and no one has plead guility to lying to Congress.

Pretty boring.

When it comes to that steroids talk, Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt said he feels cheated by players who doped up — A-Rod included. I asked Cliff Lee if he felt that way, and this was his very Cliff-like response:

“I personally don’t see it as bad as it’s made out to be. I like the fact that [Rodriguez] came out and apologized and was open about what he really did. I can respect that. I just have a problem with how they’re going so far in the past and bringing up old things. It’s 2009, and they’re talking about things that happened in ’01 through ’03. MLB has taken care of the steroid issue. We’re being tested. If you’re doing it now, you’re going to get caught. There’s no way around it. I have a problem with how people think it’s still an issue when it’s not anymore. It’s time to move on and just let the past be the past. It’s over with, as far as I’m concerned.”


With all due respect, Cliff, it’s not over. Just ask the other 103 guys on that list.


Some other bits of minutia from today…


  • Fausto Carmona and Rafael Betancourt will not be participating in the World Baseball Classic. Carmona is on the provisional roster for the Dominican and Betancourt is on for Venezuela, but both players have pulled out. Carmona obviously missed a lot of time last year with his hip injury, and the Indians didn’t want him missing more time in camp. Betancourt pitched in the Classic in 2006 and felt like he fell behind in his preseason conditioning.
  • Jhonny Peralta also might not make the Classic cut. He’s on the Dominican roster, but so are Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Tejada. Peralta said that even if he does go, he’s not sure how much he’d play, so it might not be worth it.
  • It’s kind of funny to see workers putting all the finishing touches on the complex as players step around them to go work out. I was told that last week, a worker was hanging a piece of artwork and drilled a hole into the wall, puncturing a water pipe. Chaos ensued. Water was everywhere. It’s all part of the initiation process, I suppose.
  • Speaking of the complex, team photographer Dan Mendlik is going to hook me up with some photos of the facility that I’ll post on here as soon as I get them.