CLEVELAND, Ohio – For Native American positional players, Sunday is the day they are pounded and poked by team doctors during their annual physical activity.
Pod 1 was supposed to arrive at 7 a.m. with Gabriel Arias, Jake Bauers, Ernie Clement, Nolan Jones, Owen Miller and Tyler Freeman representing the infielder. Bradley Zimmer and Billy Hamilton represented the outfielder.
Pod 2 was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Among them were the infielder Mike Freeman, Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario. Daniel Johnson, Ben Gamel, Jordan Luplow, Oscar Mercado and Josh Naylor represented the outfielder.
Pod 3, which reported at 9:30 a.m., consisted of infielders Franmil Reyes, Eddie Rosario, Bobby Bradley, Yu Chang, Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez.
Depending on their physical condition, the position players had optional throwing and punching exercises.
Most Indian pitchers had a long working day ahead of them. Bullpen sessions were scheduled for Shane Bieber, Triston McKenzie, Cal Quantrill, Scott Moss, Adam Plutko, James Karinchak, Nick Wittgren, Emmanuel Clase, DJ Johnson, Trevor Stephan, Kyle Nelson and Jordan Humphreys.
The catchers on duty included Gavin Collins, Austin Hedges, Roberto Perez, Bo Naylor and Beau Taylor. Captors Yanier Diaz, Bryan Lavastida and Andres Melendez will report to the repository section of the Indian player pool.
Pitchers Logan Allen, Aaron Civale, Anthony Gose, Sam Hentges, Phil Matdon, Jean Carlos Mejia, Zach Plesac, Bryan Shaw and Carlos Vargas have trained but did not have a schedule for the bullpen session.
On the clock:
* Temperatures in Goodyear on Sunday will reach a high of 71 degrees and a low of 41 degrees.
* It looks like the left Oliver Perez cleared protocols after signing a minor league deal late last week. He plans to have a bullpen session on Sunday.
* Right-handed Blake Parker, another veteran in the camp who has made a minor league deal, will be in shape on Sunday.
* Sunday’s interview schedule includes Clase and preliminary appearances from outfielder Mercado, Johnson, or Josh Naylor.
* Important dates: Monday is the first training with a full squad. The Indians begin the spring training season on February 28th against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.
* They said it: Lefty Logan Allen of veteran Oliver Perez: “He’s a shining light in our clubhouse.”
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