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By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Hannahan says he's ready to open with Tribe
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When one door closes another always seems to open, and the Indians' Jack Hannahan is about to walk through it.Jason Donald, the Indians' projected Opening Day third baseman, has a small crack in the left middle finger on the back of his hand, and will be sidelined for the start of the regular season. Donald won't begin playing again in rehab games until April so he's probably out at least a month. The 31-year-old Hannahan said on Sunday that he's ready to step into the breach as a temporary fix until Donald returns. "I came in here looking for an opportunity, that's why I signed here," Hannahan said a few hours before the Indians were slated to play a D-backs split-squad in a Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark. "Last year [with the Mariners] I got hurt in Spring Training and wound up losing my job. Baseball is a funny game. You never know what's going to happen the next day. So, I'm excited about having the opportunity to play." Hannahan pulled his right groin going back on a pop fly last spring and missed two months. Ultimately, the Mariners traded him to the Red Sox and he wound up spending the entire season in the Minor Leagues for the two clubs.
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Hannahan is in camp on a Minor League contract and as a non-roster player. The Indians would have to make room on their 40-man roster for him. Cleveland's roster is at the 40-man limit. He's made a good case for himself this spring by hitting .400 (14-for-35) with four doubles, four homers and six RBIs."Jack Hannahan has had a good camp so far, and he's played third base in the past," Indians manager Manny Acta said on Saturday. "We have to work past the issue of him being a non-roster guy, but he certainly has played very well." A's fans will remember Hannahan as the fill in for Eric Chavez at third base each spring as Chavez tried, mostly without success, to come back from shoulder and back surgeries. In 2008, his only full season in Oakland, he batted .218 with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 143 games, starting 106 of them at third base. He made only nine errors that season and had a .970 fielding percentage as a third baseman. "When I was in Detroit I got traded over to Oakland for a couple of years [and filled in for Chavez]," Hannahan said. "Then [Adrian] Beltre got hurt and I was traded over to Seattle. I've kind of been on the move filling in for third basemen. Whatever gives me an opportunity to get out on the field is fine with me."
Everett nursing sprained left thumb
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Veteran shortstop Adam Everett is in Indians camp as a non-roster player on a Minor League contract, trying to win a spot on the club behind starter Asdrubal Cabrera. Everett's chances may have narrowed somewhat because of a sprained left thumb he suffered trying to steal second base during the second inning of Saturday's 10-7 Indians victory over the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Angels shortstop Erick Aybar took the throw from catcher Hank Conger and blocked the base as Everett slid in head first. Everett, the starting shortstop for the Astros from 2003-06, said on Sunday that he was not very happy about Aybar's move. "He blocked the base on me with his leg. On a stolen base. In Spring Training. You don't see that too often," Everett said a few hours before the Indians were slated to play a D-backs split squad in a Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark. "I'm a little disappointed that it was done that way. I didn't really care for that, but that's the way it goes." Everett, 34, said the injury couldn't have come at a worse time with Opening Day for the Indians just 12 days away in Cleveland against the White Sox on April 1. He added that he took solace in the fact that the thumb wasn't broken, but expects to undergo an MRI sometime within the next few days to determine the extent of the injury. Everett is humming along at .355 (11-for-31) trying to make a good case for himself to make the big league team. Everett's past four seasons have been fraught with injury and decline. He was released by the Tigers this past June after batting .185 in 31 games. Everett's claim to fame is that he batted .304 (7-for-23) against the Cardinals in the 2005 National League Championship Series, helping the Astros to their only NL pennant. They won that series in six games and were then swept by the White Sox in the World Series. Everett batted .067 (1-for-15) in the World Series. "I really hope this [injury] isn't a big deal," he said. "I'm hoping I can get back out there in a couple of days, continue play, play well and see what happens. It's such a bad time to get hurt. I've probably had one of the best springs I've had in a long time. I came in here ready to go and this is extremely disappointing."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.