Grudzielanek likes chances of making team
Indians infielder trying to overcome hamstring tightness
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It appears the Indians have settled on at least one of their utility infield spots, but Mark Grudzielanek has to prove the hamstring tightness that held him out of Sunday's game is as minor as the Tribe thinks it is.Grudzielanek said his right hamstring already felt "70 percent better" Monday than it did Sunday and didn't think it would be an issue. "I would have played, if it were the regular season," he said of Sunday's scratch. "We did the right thing by giving me the day off, but I could have played." Grudzielanek said he has not been given an outright assurance that he will be on the Indians' Opening Day roster as a utility man at second and third base, but he said the Indians have "hinted at some things." What the Indians likely hinted at is Grudzielanek serving as the right-handed complement to young second baseman Luis Valbuena, who will probably get spelled on certain days when a left-handed pitcher is on the mound. Valbuena has had a rough spring camp, batting .188 with four strikeouts and five walks in 32 at-bats spread over 12 games. But Valbuena, who had a strong second half as a rookie last year, still projects as the regular at second base.
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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.