GOODYEAR, Ariz.: If baseball ever decides to hold a fungo-hitting race, Manny Acta might be the favorite.
Acta is part of a minority of managers who enjoys taking part in workouts by throwing batting practice and hitting ground balls to the infielders.
This morning, he was slapping bouncers to shortstop where three infielders took turns scooping the grounders and starting double plays while Acta kept up a constant stream of chatter in Spanish (the three infielders were Asdrubal Cabrera, Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Rivero).
To say that Acta was hitting ground balls in rapid succession would be a gross understatement. by actual count, he was pounding out bouncers at the rate of 10 per minute.
The Tribe has another new fungo hitter: Charles Nagy, pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus. This morning he was hitting fungos to a group of first baseman. For those of you who recall Nagy as the consummate right-hander, he hit from the left side.
Of course, he didn't bat often. For his career, Nagy came to the plate 19 times and got two hits.
Anthony Reyes and Jeremy Sowers, the two pitchers in the Indians' camp who are not 100 percent healthy, threw together off a mound this morning.
Sowers has struggled with a sore shoulder for several months, but there was no indication that the injury bothered him. Moreover, he seldom delivered a pitch that climbed above the knees. However, the team is being cautious with Sowers, and there is no indication when he will pitch in an exhibition game.
Reyes is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery and is not expected to rejoin the club until at least the All-Star break. In today's bullpen session, he obviously was not throwing with maximum effort but his delivery was free and easy.