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Pregame blog: Indians vs. A's lineup, notes and cuts

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 19, 2014

The Indians flip-flopped starts for the game against the A's. Danny Salazar will start and is scheduled for four innings, with Carlos Carrasco slated to finish the game.

"We kept going back and forth on which one," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We fell on it might be easier for Danny to get ready. Carlos has done it a couple times. Don’t read anything into it. One guy had to start and one guy had to finish. I don’t think you can put on there, ‘I don’t know.’"

Santana will catch after being primarily a third baseman since the sixth day of spring training.

Optioned to Triple-A Columbus were right-handers Preston Guilmet and Frank Herrmann, left-hander Colt Hynes and infielder David Adams.

Francona has faith that Herrmann will come back and contribute after undergoing surgery for an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow a year ago.

"I was trying to tell him, because he gave up some runs, that he’s a year and three days removed from surgery. His camp is a complete success," Francona said. "Now he just needs to go enjoy getting back to his form and maybe even better than he was before. He’s worked so hard last year, tried to make sure he understood, the next couple months you should enjoy this because you put in all that time last year out here in the hot sun. You’re working your way back to helping the major league team. That should be enjoyable. I think he understands that."

Asked about Herrmann's stuff, Francona said, "I was really encouraged. There’s a lot of power behind the fastball. He just needs to pitch. He’s thrown two innings and he needs to spin his breaking ball and repeat pitches. There’s a lot left to do for him. But it’s exciting because he’s starting to compete and see the results."

Adams also likes the versatility of Adams, a fifth-round pick in 2009.

"He’s an interesting guy because he can give you a really good at bat," Francona said of Adams, who hit .281 in 17 spring games. "He can play first, second and third. We’ll continue to move him around. If and when there’s a need, he can do all three."

Francona said right-hander Trevor Bauer will pitch in a minor league game Thursday against the Oakland A's. The major leagues are off Thursday.

Right-handers Josh Tomlin, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen and David Aardsman are tabbed to pitch in a minor league game today. Tomlin will try to go six innings.

Last night in a 12-11 victory over the San Francisco Giants, Tribe relievers held the Giants scoreless over the final five innings.

Game: 4:05 p.m. at Goodyear Ballpark


Sam Fuld CF

Daric Barton 1B

Josh Donaldson 3B

Brandon Moss DH

Yoenis Cespedes LF

Josh Reddick RF

Stephen Vogt C

Jake Elmore SS

Eric Sogard 2B

Dan Straily P


Elliot Johnson 2B

Mike Aviles CF

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

Carlos Santana C

David Murphy RF

Ryan Raburn DH

Bryan LaHair 1B

Matt Carson LF

Francisco Lindor SS

Danny Salazar P


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