CLEVELAND -- Drew Pomeranz, the Ole Miss left-hander the Indians selected with the fifth overall pick in this month's First-Year Player Draft, was in town on Tuesday. Not to sign what should be a lucrative contract, but to take the physical that precedes that anticipated event.It is Cleveland's policy to have the physical examination in place before negotiations begin, so Tuesday's visit was considered a routine procedure, not a sign that a contract agreement is imminent. The negotiations could last well into the summer. The Indians have until Aug. 16 to sign Pomeranz. Last year's No. 1 pick, Alex White, agreed to terms mere minutes before the deadline. Only one top 10 pick has signed thus far. The Royals and the No. 4 overall pick, shortstop Christian Colon, agreed to a signing bonus worth a reported $2.75 million. Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 16 starts for Ole Miss this season. He struck out 139 and walked 49 in 100 2/3 innings of work, holding the opposition to a .195 average against. He led the SEC in ERA, strikeouts and opponents' batting average. The Indians have signed 13 of their 50 Draft picks.
Donald on the mend with left wrist injury
CLEVELAND -- Jason Donald remained out of the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday, but he was back on the field.Donald participated in all pregame activities and said his left wrist, which he injured while diving for a ball Friday night in Cincinnati, was finally back to feeling normal. The Indians will have Dr. Tom Graham, a hand specialist, examine Donald's wrist on Wednesday, when Graham is in town for a routine checkup on Asdrubal Cabrera's progress, but that appears to be merely a precautionary measure. "It's a sigh of relief knowing I'm going to be OK," Donald said after batting practice. "I'm sure some soreness will pop up now and again, but I'll be fine. You're always going to have some nicks and bruises." Donald has been out of manager Manny Acta's lineup the last four games, but Acta reiterated that Donald is "playable" and that the Indians are just being cautious. Donald's absence has allowed both Anderson Hernandez and Jayson Nix to start in the middle infield each of the last four games. Once Donald returns, Hernandez and Nix will share time at second base.
Tribe puts squeeze on Blue Jays
CLEVELAND -- The suicide squeeze is a risky play, an exciting play and, for a team that struggles to generate consistent run support for its pitchers, a necessary play.The Indians pulled off that play at an opportune moment during Monday's game, when Jayson Nix put down the bunt and Travis Hafner motored home from third with what turned out to be the winning run against the Blue Jays. It was the second time this season the Indians have pulled a suicide squeeze, and manager Manny Acta said it probably won't be the last. "You guys have seen how the offense has gone," Acta said, referring to a club that entered Wednesday ranked 12th in the league in runs scored. But that doesn't mean Acta doesn't recognize the risk associated with the play. He'd much rather have nine guys batting .350 with a .900 OPS. "On-base and slugging percentage kills," he said. "If you're loaded, that can quickly put that play on the backburner."
Acta's foundation awards scholarships
CLEVELAND -- Manny Acta founded his ImpACTA Kids Foundation three years ago to provide opportunities for kids to achieve their dreams. And now that Acta's at the helm of the Tribe, those efforts have been extended to the Cleveland populace.Three local graduating high school seniors were awarded scholarships through Acta's foundation. Acta presented Ryan Kelly (St. Ignatius), Doneisha Kinney (James Ford Rhodes) and Sean Stark (John Marshall) with the awards during pregame ceremonies Tuesday. To be eligible for the award, the three winners had to participate in an essay contest, compile a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3, enroll in a four-year university in the fall and plan to major in the field of science, technology or business.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (fractured left forearm) fielded about 20 groundballs and made about 10 throws to first Tuesday afternoon, his most significant step yet in his recovery. He'll meet with Dr. Tom Graham on Wednesday for advice on when to pick up a bat. ... Monday's win was the Indians' first when scoring two runs or less this season. The Tribe was 0-20 in such games previously. ... The Indians are the only team in the Majors without an ejection this season. ... Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and right-hander Bryce Stowell were all chosen to represent Double-A Akron at the Eastern League All-Star Game. ... Austin Kearns and head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff will participate in the annual PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign Wednesday at Progressive Field. The event's programs encourage youth to be active, eat right and sustain a healthy lifestyle. ... Left-hander Aaron Laffey's wife, Jackie, gave birth to the couple's first child, son Braeden Parker, on Tuesday. The baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.