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03/07/11 8:05 PM EST

Injury robs Goedert of opportunity

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Indians manager Manny Acta was hoping to get a close look at prospect Jared Goedert this spring. Unfortunately, an early injury has robbed the Minor Leaguer of a chance to try to impress the skipper.

"He pulled his oblique," Acta said on Monday. "He's going to be out for a couple of weeks. I don't think we're going to be seeing him in camp anymore."

Acta noted that Goedert strained his right oblique during a Cactus League game against the Reds on Feb. 28. The 25-year-old corner infielder has not played since then and he will likely be sent back to Minor League camp in the near future.

When Spring Training began, Acta made sure to mention Goedert's name when discussing the opening at third base. Last year, Goedert hit .283 with 27 home runs, 37 doubles and 83 RBIs in 125 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Goedert will likely wind up back in Columbus, though his status as the team's third baseman could be in jeopardy if prospect Lonnie Chisenhall also heads to Triple-A. Acta noted that the Tribe will probably shift Goedert between first and third base, also giving him starts in left field and as a designated hitter, to keep him in the lineup.

"He did give us some good at-bats," Acta said of Goedert's early spring showing. "I was anxious to take a look at him, because of what he did last year. I think it's probably more disappointing to him, because this was a good opportunity for him to show our Major League staff what he can do."

Donald easing back into full activities

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Jason Donald agreed to play things smart on Monday, participating in a limited number of activities during the Indians' morning workout at their player development complex.

After taking a day off on Sunday, Donald -- still sore after being struck on the left hand with a pitch on Saturday -- played catch and did some running drills on Monday. The third baseman hopes to at least add swinging a bat to his routine on Tuesday.

"We just wanted to ease into it," Donald said. "I felt fine playing catch. It was good. It's my glove hand, so just taking that pounding, they wanted to make sure I could do that and then move on from there.

"I'm expecting tomorrow to be able to at least take swings. I don't know exactly what they have planned for me, but I'm hoping to start things like normal again tomorrow. That's what I'm hoping."

Indians manager Manny Acta said Donald might be permitted to do more than just swing a bat on Tuesday. If the third baseman is feeling better in the morning, Donald might be cleared to take part in the entire practice.

"He's much better today," Acta said on Monday. "He just played catch and continued to have treatment. We're anticipating him going through a full workout tomorrow."

The 26-year-old Donald was struck on the back of his left hand by a fastball from White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd in the second inning of Saturday's Cactus League game between the clubs. Donald stayed in the game at first, but left in the second inning to undergo X-rays.

The results of the tests came back negative, but Donald remains day-to-day with a significant bruise. He experienced swelling in the hand and has kept it wrapped for the past couple of days.

As things currently stand, Donald appears to be the front-runner for Cleveland's vacant starting role at third base. Jack Hannahan and Luis Valbuena are also in the mix at the hot corner. The Indians also have highly-touted third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in camp, but he is likely ticketed for Triple-A Columbus.

Santana to play first base on Wednesday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Indians catcher Carlos Santana is going to get his first taste of first base later this week.

"We're going to make that announcement tomorrow in a 2:30 press conference," Indians manager Manny Acta joked. "He's going to start on [Wednesday]. I spoiled the press conference."

Kidding aside, having Santana man first throughout the upcoming season is a real part of the Indians' plans. Acta noted that Cleveland currently has three Spring Training games -- maybe more -- in mind for Santana to start at the position. The first will be on Wednesday against the Padres.

One reason to have Santana play some first base this season is to keep his legs strong for the entire campaign. The Indians want to keep Santana's bat in the lineup as often as possible and the club also wants to keep in mind that the catcher is returning from a serious left knee injury.

Considering Santana played some third base in the Minor Leagues, Acta has no doubt that the catcher can handle first. Acta said the main thing Santana needs to work on is positioning and the other nuances that go along with playing first.

"The guy has played third base before," Acta said. "Just seeing him take ground balls, he's got great hands. It's cut-off and relays, positioning himself. When to trail the runner, when not to. Those little things.

"It is a process like anything else, but he's got good enough hands and good enough athleticism that I think he's going to be playable there."

Indians come to terms with 25

GLENDALE -- The Indians reached agreements on one-year contracts with 25 rostered players on Monday. The deadline to complete contracts with any unsigned players is Friday.

Players who signed on Monday include: Michael Brantley, Carlos Carrasco, Ezequiel Carrera, Trevor Crowe, Kelvin De La Cruz, Jason Donald, Shelley Duncan, Jared Goedert, Nick Hagadone, Frank Herrmann, David Huff, Josh Judy, Corey Kluber, Matt LaPorta, Lou Marson, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister, Jayson Nix, Vinnie Pestano, Hector Rondon, Tony Sipp, Mitch Talbot, Jess Todd, Luis Valbuena and Nick Weglarz.

Only Josh Tomlin, Carlos Santana and Jeanmar Gomez remain unsigned, but Cleveland is expected to reach agreements with them prior to Friday's deadline.

Smoke signals

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley remained out of the lineup on Monday because of what manager Manny Acta has called "lower body soreness." Brantley, who has not played since Thursday, indicated that he was feeling better and added that he could have played Monday. Acta noted that Brantley would return to the lineup and center field for Tuesday's game against the D-backs. ... Right-hander Anthony Reyes (sore right elbow) reported no lingering issues on Monday, one day after throwing a 36-pitch bullpen session. Reyes said he is slated to throw off a mound again on Tuesday or Wednesday, but was not sure when he might make his Cactus League debut. ... Acta indicated that the Indians would likely make their first roster cuts some time between Friday and March 14. ... The Indians will host the Reds in a "B" game at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday at the Tribe's player development complex. The game is free for fans to attend. Recently-signed reliever Chad Durbin is scheduled to make his game debut in the exhibition. ... Cleveland will play a second "B" game on Sunday, facing the White Sox at 12 p.m. ET in Glendale, Ariz. ... Scheduled pitchers for Tuesday's game against the D-backs include Fausto Carmona (starter), Justin Germano, Josh Judy, Corey Kluber, Tony Sipp, Bryce Stowell and Alex White. ... Acta said that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who has been fighting some minor left elbow soreness this spring, will be back in right field on Tuesday after sitting out for the past two games.

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