Indians pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, AZ on Sunday. They'll get physicals today and tomorrow will take the field for their first workouts. "When we get going with the players I'll be really revved up," said Manager Terry Francona.
Francona is energized by his year off, new surroundings and what the team did in the offseason. "It's hard not to be excited," he said. "There are no guarantees, I know we're not going to be picked to win, but I like what we did this winter."
The Indians got pitcher Brett Myers and hitters Nick Swisher, Drew Stubbs and Mark Reynolds. They added Jason Giambi to the mix over the weekend on a minor league contract. That move drew the ire of critics, but Francona thinks the 42 year old can help the team. "If he's healthy and swinging the bat like we hope, he's a really good fit." Francona sees a possible role for him. "If he could play three or four times a week, be available to pinch hit, that might give us another nice look against right handed pitching."
Giambi hit only .225 with one home run last year in Colorado.
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