It usually is not a good sign when a player is carted off the field due to injury.
For Tyler Naquin, this precarious situation ended with a sigh of relief.
The Cleveland Indians listed Naquin as day-to-day with a right foot contusion on Monday morning. The 25-year-old fouled a pitch off his foot and tumbled to the ground before exiting Sunday's game on a golf cart. Naquin will be ready for opening day as his X-rays came back negative.
- With Austin Jackson, Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer all tending to injury rehabilitation this spring, the last thing manager Terry Francona wanted to see was Naquin writhing in pain. Fortunately, there does not seem to be a reason for concern moving forward.
"He just has a bruise," said Terry Francona to reporters. "We'll give him a couple days to get some swelling out of there. He'll be fine."
Not only is there no structural damage to the foot, but Jackson will join the outfield corps on Wednesday and act as insurance for Naquin.
- It has been 301 days, but Brantley finally stood in the batters box and took swings against major league pitching. Josh Tomlin and Dan Otero opposed Brantley in a welcoming sight for fans and coaches alike.
"I'm taking it day by day," Brantley said. "It went well. I'm just excited every chance I get to kind of progress. I'm getting anxious to getting back out there with the guys and just being healthy."
The club has not set a date for Brantley's return, but they remain optimistic he will be ready to play in April.
"I wish people could actually see what he's done, because it's gone so far and above what you would expect somebody to do," said Francona. "He's made so many sacrifices, because he wants to be healthy and be a part of the team. He's already getting paid."
- Opening day at Progressive Field is officially sold out. Within three minutes, the franchise announced their 25th consecutive sellout for the April 11 game against the Chicago White Sox at 4:10 PM ET. Since 2012, the Tribe has ranked in the bottom three of the league's attendance totals, per Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com.
- In addition to Jackson, Jason Kipnis (right shoulder) will reportedly return to the starting lineup as a designated hitter on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. First pitch is slated for 9:10 PM ET from Peoria Stadium in Peoria, AZ.
- Tyler Krieger has attracted the attention of baseball's international audience by representing Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The 18th ranked prospect in the Indians' farm system according to MLB Pipeline went 0-for-3 with two walks and a critical RBI in a 2-1 upset over Korea on Monday from the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.