SURPRISE, ARIZ.: According to an internet report, Jensen Lewis has been placed on waivers, which is no surprise if it is true.
Lewis has struggled in his past two outings and seems to have put his spot in the bullpen in jeopardy. Because he is out of options, the Indians cannot send him to Triple-A unless he clears waivers. Moreover, the club can find out if a team is willing to make a deal for Lewis if his name is on the waiver wire.
With Lewis having failed to secure a job, two vacancies remain in the bullpen. The contenders, in addition to Lewis, are Vinnie Pestano, Frank Herrmann, Justin Germano.
On the injury front, Asdrubal Cabrera will sit out todasy's game but return to the lineup Tuesday.
""He's fine,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""He's working out today. It was just a typical cramp. He will play shortstop tomorrow.''
The pain from Joe Smith's strained abdominal muscle has disappeared, but there is a question whether he will have enough time to regain his edge before the season starts. He played catch from 45 feet today and will move to 60 feet Tuesday.
""I haven't thrown for two weeks,'' he said. ""It might be kind of hard to get back that fast.''