Saarloos' versatility intrigues Indians
Righty looking to make club as either starter or reliever
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- On the back fields at the Indians' Player Development Complex, right-hander Kirk Saarloos stands out simply because he's not standing behind a screen.Pitchers began tossing live batting practice to the hitters this week, and the standard practice early on is to do so behind the safety net. But Saarloos goes bare as a way to prepare. "I hate those things," he said of the screens. "Besides, if I'm going to be throwing sinkers, I've got to react to them, right?"
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.