Camp Bastian is set up
The one thing I love about the Indians’ Spring Training complex out here in Goodyear is the backdrop. Behind the practice diamonds off in the distance is a gorgeous range of mountains on the southern edge of Phoenix. Spring Training used to be defined by pam trees for me down in Florida. Now, I feel spring’s arrival when I can see those rocks ripping up from the earth.
I have arrived to Camp Bastian out here in the desert. My flight was a little delayed, but I wound up with a nice rental car, a decent little hotel room (the kitchen will be clutch) and the first person I saw upon pulling into Goodyear on Saturday night was Indians closer Chris Perez. He was on hand at the player development complex on Sunday morning as well, along with a dozen or so other players.
I actually was impressed with the day’s turnout. The day before the reporting date, especially when it’s a Sunday, is historically a quiet day at any complex. Consider it the last day off for the players with at least seven months of work ahead. Among those on hand on Sunday morning were Josh Tomlin, Frank Herrmann, Ryan Spilborghs, Dan Wheeler, Robinson Tejeda, Chris Ray, Corey Kluber, Nick Hagadone, Jack Hannahan, Russ Canzler, Joe Smith and Grady Sizemore.
Oh, and Hannahan’s dog, Pete.
I spotted bench coach Sandy Alomar and pitching coach Scott Radinsky, as well as Adam Everett, who is now in a front office role after playing for the Tribe last season. After he finished up some morning meetings, manager Manny Acta took some time to chat in his office for a few minutes, too. Highlights of today’s coverage can be found on Indians.com, as usual.
On Monday, the Indians pitchers and catchers are required to report to Arizona. They do not, however, have to be physically in camp with the team. That changes Tuesday, when they will undergo routine physicals. Wednesday will be the first official workout for the pitchers and catchers. Position player follow suit with the same three-day process, beginning on Thursday.
One little news item: the talks between pitcher Jon Garland and the Indians are still ongoing. Cleveland is still working through some details and it now seems unlikely that Gardland will take a physical on Monday, as initially thought. The Indians reached an agreement with Garland last week on a Minor League contract that includes a spring invite. The team is not anticipating having an update on his status until later this week. So, stay tuned.
Right now, there are 61 players in camp, including 21 non-roster players. Camp is so crowded that the Indians actually had to pair up four players to share two lockers. For those thinking the Indians cornered the market on non-roster invitees this winter, though, know that the Twins have 26 NRIs this spring, including 20 who were signed to Minor League contracts over the winter.