SURPRISE, Ariz.: Friday’s exhibition game between the Indians and Kansas City Royals was canceled in the third inning because of rain, but not before Drew Stubbs hit a towering home run and a double.
“That [home run] ball really jumped off his bat,” manager Terry Francona said. “If anything was worth coming over here for, it was those two swings.”
Francona noted a little lethargy and a penchant for making mistakes in his team’s play.
“We showed up looking like we weren’t really ready to play,” Francona said. “It was kind of a teaching day.”
By that, the manager meant that there were things the club needed to review in light of the way they handled certain situations, botching a relay on a sacrifice fly and allowing three steals in two innings.
In talking about starter Corey Kluber, Francona said, “He was a little deliberate today, and guys ran on him.”
Kluber was scheduled to throw four innings. He pitched two, and he kept throwing underneath the grandstand until he got to 65 pitches. Kluber gave up one earned run [three total] on three hits.
“Under the circumstances, that’s the best we could do,” Francona said.
Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, Joe Martinez and Danny Salazar were scheduled to throw at least one inning each. Francona said the club might arrange a “B” game on Monday so they don’t fall behind in their work.
The game was halted with one out and one run home in the top of the third. Royals officials waited more than an hour before canceling the game with the Tribe trailing 3-2.
Michael Brantley has been cleared to play after being spiked in the left arm and taking 15 stitches last week in a game against the Oakland Athletics.
“Brantley is OK to play tomorrow,” Francona said. “But I’m not sending him to Mesa for one at-bat, so he’ll play Sunday.”
Frank Herrmann will have his right elbow examined in New York on Tuesday by Dr. David Altcheck, medical director for the New York Mets.
Herrmann already has gotten two opinions — from Tribe team doctor Mark Schickendantz and Los Angeles Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum — on the condition of his elbow.
What’s at stake? Either Herrmann can rehab the elbow back to good health or undergo surgery to replace a ligament and reconstruct the elbow. If surgery is necessary, he probably won’t pitch for a year or more.
“B” game pitchers
Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes, Jerry Gill and Rich Hill will share a seven-inning “B” game at the Goodyear training complex today.
The Indians travel to Mesa to play the Chicago Cubs today. David Huff will start against Brooks Raley.
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