GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: Nick Johnson, who has been in the Phoenix area for five months trying to stay in shape, reported to the Indians' camp this morning with his right wrist immobilized.
He underwent a fourth operation to repair the wrist last month at the Cleveland Clinic, so don't expect him to be out taking batting practice any time soon.
Asked when he might be able to play, Johnson said, ""I don't klnow. I had the stitches out today. Now, I need to get my range of motion back and get the stiffness out, then I can start swinging. They took the tendon out of the wrist, so hopefully there won't be any more pain.''
The Tribe made its first cuts of the spring this afternoon, sending eight players back to the minor-league complex. Right-handers Hector Rondon and Corey Kluber plus infielder Jared Goedert to Columbus. Left-handers Kelvin De La Cruz and Nick Hagadone were optioned to Akron. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, right-hander Bryce Stowell and catcher Chun Chen were re-assigned to the minor-league camp.