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03/04/11 6:24 PM ET

Sizemore takes next step, does outfield drills

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore took another step forward in his recovery from left knee surgery on Friday morning.

For the first time since undergoing a microfracture procedure in June, Sizemore took part in outfield drills. He participated in a group setting, catching fly balls and fielding grounders during the club's morning workout.

"I felt good," Sizemore said. "It's small steps, but it felt good to get out there."

Sizemore continued to take batting practice with no issues and stuck to his every-other-day running routine with some sprint and agility excercises. Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said that he's started to up the intensity of the running drills.

"We're adding things," said Sizemore, referring to the various running drills he is working through. "Intensity-wise, it's just kind of how I feel that day. Obviously, every day we go out there we add a little bit more. Everything felt good today."

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti noted earlier this week that it was unlikely Sizemore will be ready for Opening Day. He still needs to complete a baserunning progression before possibly being cleared for Spring Training games later this month.

Sizemore, 28, initially injured his knee on April 1 last season and eventually required the microfracture operation, which was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. The knee limited Sizemore to 33 games last year and his last full season came in 2008, when he hit .268 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs in 157 games.

Dryer sparks fire at Goodyear Ballpark

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the Indians moved their Spring Training home from Florida to Arizona three years ago, the ballclub placed one of its old dryers on the truck for the cross-country journey.

The dryer in question had already earned the nickname, "The Burner."

On Friday, Burner sat in a pool of water, charred and destroyed in the bowels of Goodyear Ballpark. It is believed that the dryer overheated, causing a small fire to break out in the early-morning hours at Goodyear Ballpark.

The mild blaze was quickly contained and the Indians and Rockies went ahead with their 3:05 p.m. ET Cactus League contest -- a 6-2 Cleveland victory -- as planned. The only change was that Colorado was asked to take batting practice at its complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Indians hold their pregame hitting at their Minor League complex a half-mile away.

"It was really uneventful," said Goodyear Ballpark manager Nathan Torres. "We had an appliance fire with our dryer. It was contained [within] the dryer itself, so no damage to the structure. It's a non-public area. It's still under investigation."

The dryer is located in a laundry room behind the right-field wall at the ballpark, which is shared by the Indians and Reds. Cincinnati had a night game on Thursday, and the dryer was filled with towels and running when the fire started overnight. Emergency crews were on the scene at 6 a.m. MT.

"On my way in driving, I saw all the police cars," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "Then I saw a helicopter at the same time. My first thought was maybe there was an escapee or something from jail. I had no idea about the fire until I came in."

The sprinkler system inside the laundry room and tunnel worked as expected, putting out most of the blaze before workers reached the scene. Torres noted that there was some staff on hand at the ballpark at the time, but no one was injured.

"The good news is everything worked as it is designed to work," Torres said. "The fire suppression kicked on, the fire department was deployed and did a great job. They knocked it down before there was any structural damage."

The sprinklers did leave behind plenty of standing water, though. Some excess water drained into the warning track in right field, but a team of grounds crew workers were fixing the issue Friday morning. An indoor batting cage -- across the hall from the laundry room -- was also flooded.

The field was ready in plenty of time for Friday's game.

Torres said the fire was the first incident in the young history of Goodyear Ballpark, which opened in early 2009. This is the Indians' third Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., since moving from Winter Haven, Fla. Cincinnati has shared the ballpark with Cleveland for the past two springs.

"Everything's fine," Torres said. "We're ready to play ball."

Acta laughed when he heard the dryer originally came from Winter Haven.

"Are you serious?" Acta said. "Well, now we'll have a new one."

Carrasco leaves camp for birth of child

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco left the club on Thursday night to be with his wife Karelis in Florida for the birth of their first child.

Carrasco was originally scheduled to make his second start of Spring Training on Saturday. Righty Jeanmar Gomez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, will start in his place when Cleveland takes on Seattle at 3:05 p.m. ET in Peoria, Ariz.

Carrasco, 23, went 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts with the Indians over the final month of last season. He spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A Columbus, going 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA over 25 Minor League outings.

As things currently stand, Carrasco is in line to be Cleveland's fourth starter.

Smoke signals

Right-hander Anthony Reyes resumed a throwing program on Friday morning after being shut down for the past five days due to mild elbow soreness. Reyes played catch and increased the distance to 90 feet. He indicated that he felt fine after the throwing session. The Indians hope to have Reyes back on a mound next week. ... Lefty Rafael Perez rejoined the team on Friday after traveling to New York for the birth of his child. ... The average age of Cleveland's 40-man roster is 26.0, the youngest in the Majors. The average age of all rosters in baseball is 27.6. ... Indians third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall maintained his strong early pace this spring, going 3-for-4 with a home run in Friday's 6-2 win over the Rockies. Skipper Manny Acta was jokingly asked if Chisenhall -- bound for Triple-A Columbus -- was trying to make the big league roster this spring. "We encourage everybody that it doesn't matter what we tell them in those two-on-one meetings [with the manager and general manager]," Acta said. "They should have that type of mentality. It has happened before." ... Scheduled pitchers for Saturday are Jeanmar Gomez (starting), Kelvin De La Cruz, Jensen Lewis, Yohan Pino, Tony Sipp, Joe Smith and Bryce Stowell against the Mariners on the road, and David Huff (starting), Joe Martinez, Zach McAllister, Vinnie Pestano, Zach Putnam and Jess Todd against the White Sox at home.

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