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Spring Training Notes 3/19: Cody Anderson out for the year

The Indians updated the medical statuses of Cody Anderson (UCL/mild flexor sprain), Michael Brantley (right shoulder), Jason Kipnis (right shoulder inflammation), Carlos Carrasco (right elbow swelling) and Tyler Naquin (bilateral knee soreness).

A murky injury situation gained some clarity on Sunday morning.

The Tribe released a quintet of medical updates pertaining to Cody Anderson, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Naquin prior to their afternoon affair with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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- 2017 will be a year of recovery for Cody Anderson and his injured right elbow. The Quincy, CA native has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and mild flexor strain in his throwing arm, according to Dr. Keith Meister's report from earlier this week. Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach, Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery and sit out the entirety of the upcoming season.

- Brantley will start in left field and make his 2017 Cactus League debut on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:05 PM ET from Goodyear Ballpark. It has been over 10 months since Brantley last played in a major league game due to lingering shoulder and biceps issues throughout the 2016 campaign. The All-Star outfielder underwent biceps surgery on Aug. 15, 2016.

- Dr. Meister diagnosed Jason Kipnis with right shoulder inflammation on Friday evening in Goodyear, AZ. The 29-year-old is about four to five weeks away from playing in an MLB contest and will begin a throwing program next week. Until then, Kipnis has been cleared to resume the shoulder strengthening program he went through in the early stages of camp.

- Carrasco threw off the mound on Saturday and is slated to pitch in a minor league game on Monday at the Indians' spring training complex. If all goes as planned, Carrasco would be in line to start on Mar. 24 at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.

- Naquin is day-to-day after experiencing bilateral knee soreness on Saturday. He is not expected to miss substantial time and should be back in the next few days.

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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