Acta inspires with words and actions
Manager hits grounders, shags flies in first full-squad workout
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Manny Acta gave some inspiring words to his players Friday morning, before the first full-squad workout of his first Spring Training camp as manager of the Indians.Then he went out and participated himself. Acta is active when it comes to spring preparation. He hits fungoes to the infielders, shags fly balls in the outfield and even helps clean up when the day is done. Where his predecessor, Eric Wedge, was more of a delegator overseeing the daily drills, Acta takes on more of a participatory role. "I used to be an infield and third-base coach," Acta said. "I'm not going to stop instructing and coaching just because I'm a manager. I can still do it, so I'm going to do it." What Acta can't do right now is throw batting practice, but he's getting there. He said he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in September ("Twenty years of throwing BP takes a toll on you," he explained.) and is on the road to recovery. He hopes to be throwing BP again in a couple of months. "I just don't like to be standing behind the batting cage," he said. "I'll hit ground balls every day."
Acta's presence has provided a looser environment in camp, but he was all business in the morning meeting in which he had told reporters he would deliver his best "Vincente Lombardo" material.
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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.