02/18/11 4:54 PM ET
Donald focusing his attention on third base
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
Since Donald arrived in Arizona, he has worked out exclusively at third, knowing that is the spot that gives him the best shot at cracking Cleveland's starting lineup. It is a situation that has the young infielder ready to get things officially under way here in the desert.
"I'm trying to embrace the opportunity," Donald said on Friday. "I'm excited."
Donald is well aware that he is among a long list of players in the mix for the vacant job at the hot corner. Also in the mix are Jayson Nix, Luis Valbuena and Jack Hannahan, along with youngsters such as Jared Goedert and Cord Phelps.
Donald -- acquired from the Phillies as part of the July 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Philadelphia -- is a shortstop by trade, but manned second for a considerable part of the 2010 season with the Indians. Now he is being asked to try his hand at third, where he has limited experience.
Donald, 26, said he played some third during his first season at Triple-A in 2009 and he also spent some time at that spot in the Arizona Fall League after the '08 season. That is the extent of his experience at the position.
So what does Donald think of possibly moving to third again?
"We'll just have to wait and see, really," he said. "Right now, I'm just putting in the work, getting ground balls over there. During batting practice, I'll go over to third and see balls off the bat and see what that looks like to give me a better feel."
Entering Spring Training, Donald was viewed as an option for second base, and he still could see time at that position this year. Right now, though, recently signed veteran Orlando Cabrera is the front-runner to land the starting job at second. That's fine with Donald.
"Orlando coming here, that's a huge addition for us," he said.
Donald said the biggest challenge at third base is getting used to the different angles and spin baseballs take off the bat. He will concentrate his workouts on third throughout the spring, but Donald has been told that he will also see action at second and short.
"Whatever's put in front of me," Donald said, "I want to take it full steam ahead."
Chen gaining valuable experience in camp
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Chun Chen was not brought into camp to compete for a job with the Indians. The young catcher was added to the mix as a non-roster invitee simply to gain experience and help handle the many pitchers currently in the fold.
Even so, Cleveland believes Chen has a promising future.
"He can swing the bat, man," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He had a good season last year. He's on his way."
The 22-year-old Chen -- a native of Taiwan -- hit a combined .315 with 12 home runs, 38 doubles and 69 RBIs over 110 games between Class A Lake County and Class A Kinston last season. He also suited up for the World Team at the Futures Game during the Major League All-Star break.
The Tribe felt having Chen in big league camp this spring would not only help with the high volume of pitchers in camp during the early portion of spring, but it would also be beneficial for the catcher's development. The Indians feel Chen can learn a lot from working with first-base coach and former catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.
"It's good for Chen," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "It's a guy that we like. We think he has a chance to be a pretty good Major League player. It gives him an exposure to a Major League environment. It also gives him a chance to work with Sandy, and that could speed his development from a catching perspective."
Indians send Martinez outright to Triple-A
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians sent right-hander Joe Martinez outright to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, clearing a spot on the team's 40-man roster for recently signed infielder Orlando Cabrera.
Martinez will remain in big league camp with Cleveland as a non-roster invitee. The Indians currently have 61 players (40 on the roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in camp. That total includes 31 pitchers, 14 infielders, 10 outfielders and six catchers.
Martinez, 27, was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations on Jan. 4. The right-hander has experience both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever, but the Indians likely see him as a bullpen option as things currently stand.
Last season, Martinez split the season between the San Francisco and Pittsburgh organizations, going 0-1 with a 4.12 ERA in nine big league appearances. He went a combined 6-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 21 games between Triple-A Fresno (Giants) and Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates) in 2010.
Indians sporting Feller patch on spring jerseys
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Stitched on the right sleeves of the Indians' Spring Training practice jerseys is a small round patch paying tribute to Tribe pitching legend Bob Feller.
Feller's name appears in blue lettering above his famous No. 19. It is Cleveland's way of honoring Feller, who passed away at the age of 92 in December, throughout Spring Training. During the regular season, the Indians will also wear a patch in Feller's honor.
In 18 seasons with the Indians, Feller went 266-162 to set the franchise record for wins. The right-hander led the American League in strikeouts seven times, was named to eight All-Star teams and missed three years of his prime while serving in World War II. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1962.
SportsTime Ohio to carry six spring games
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians will have six exhibition games aired live on SportsTime Ohio this spring.
As part of STO's Spring Training coverage, games on March 8-9 and March 12-15 will be aired live. STO will also broadcast Cleveland's March 30 exhibition contest against Triple-A Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.
SportsTime Ohio's spring coverage will also include the "All Bets Are Off" show with Bruce Drennan, airing live from Arizona from Feb. 27-March 4. STO's "Spring Training Daily" featuring Rick Manning and Matt Underwood will air at 9:30 p.m. ET, beginning Monday and running through Feb. 25.
Underwood will also provide live reports from Arizona for "All Bets Are Off" and "Chuck's Last Call" during March 20-29.