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Spring Training Notes 3/18: Tyler Naquin has bilateral knee soreness

An injury-riddled spring continues for Tyler Naquin after reportedly suffering bilateral knee soreness on Saturday to go along with his bruised right foot from two weeks ago.

Another day, another injury.

The Cleveland Indians have grown accustomed to injuries over the last six months. From Michael Brantley (right shoulder) to Jason Kipnis (right shoulder strain) to Carlos Carrasco (swelling right elbow), the 40-man roster has taken its fair share of punches.

Add Tyler Naquin to the growing list.

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- A March of misery was not the plan of action for the defending American League champions as they prepare for the 2017 campaign. Naquin was the next victim bit by the injury bug as he was scratched from the Tribe's starting lineup against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon due to bilateral knee soreness.

This is not the first time Naquin has been diagnosed with an injury this spring as he fouled a pitch off his foot and exited because of a bruised right foot on Mar. 6. When healthy, the 25-year-old has been productive and batted .458 (11-for-24) with five 2Bs, five RBIs and one HR in 2017.

- Michael Brantley played in a minor league intrasquad game on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a groundout to second, lineout to right, five-pitch walk against Perci Garner and flyout to center. All three of Brantley's swings made contact, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com

"I'm very happy with where I'm at," said Brantley to reporters. "You work so hard to get back. You just want to get back out there with your teammates."

Although there is no target date for his first Cactus League appearance, Brantley appears to be headed on the right track toward a major league return.

"I'm doing very well," Brantley said. "My swing is feeling good."

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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