Brandon Moss will make his Indians debut on Monday. Terry Francona told reporters on Sunday that Moss has been penciled in as the designated hitter when the Tribe face the Mariners.
Moss ran the bases full speed on Saturday and will do so again today along with sliding matt drills. Moss’ debut comes a week earlier than many expected coming into spring training.
The Indians acquired Moss from Oakland on Dec. 9. Moss had hip surgery (right labrum repair) in October.
"I’m amazed with the progress he has made," Francona said before Sunday’s game against the Rangers. "He has been itching to play for awhile and he could have but it doesn’t make sense to push it in spring training. We want him for the whole year."
Francona also said that Nick Swisher will do another set of running drills that involves more cutting. Swisher’s comeback from double knee surgery has been slow as the early forecast was for him to possibly return to game action by mid-March.
PUSHED BACK: Josh Tomlin was supposed to start today but has been pushed back a couple days due to what Francona called "a cranky right shoulder". Tomlin went two innings last Tuesday against the Reds and allowed a run on two hits.
Tomlin will have 2-3 days off before being reevaluated. T.J. House, who was slated to be the second pitcher, will get the start after two scoreless innings last Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Said Francona of Tomlin: "He could pitch through it but no one thinks that makes a lot of sense. He has been through too much (the past couple seasons) and want to make sure he gets through the whole season in good shape."
CONTRACT MATTERS: The Indians announced on Sunday that 12 pre-arbitration eligible players agreed to terms on one-year contracts for this season.
The 12 players are pitchers Cody Allen, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Kyle Crockett, Nick Hagadone, Ryan Merritt, outfielder Carlos Moncrief, shortstop Jose Ramirez, infielders Giovanny Urshela and Zach Walters along with catcher Tony Wolters.
There are 12 remaining pre-arbitration eligible players on the 40-man roster, including reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
Allen, Crockett and Armstrong will see their first Cactus League action of the year today against the Rangers.