Indians right-hander Danny Salazar gets his first Cactus League start of the season Monday against the Angels and is slated to go two innings. Salazar will then throw a bullpen session Tuesday and pitch in a minor-league game on Friday.
This is the first of five spring training games where the expanded replay system will be in effect. The others are Friday against the White Sox, Sunday vs. the Cubs (split-squad game) along with March 17 and 24 against the Reds.
In Sunday’s game against the Brewers, which was on SportsTime Ohio, Rick Manning wondered if Terry Francona would have challenged on a play at second.
MR. VERSATILITY: Mike Aviles will start at his fourth different position of the spring as he will bat sixth and play in right field. Aviles, who is 6 of 13 with three RBI so far, was in left Sunday and was 1 for 4. Francona during his pregame session with reporters said that he might try Aviles in center sometime this spring.
"I thought he looked like a left fielder yesterday, which is a compliment. He hadn’t even been taking balls out there. That’s how much I trust him," Francona said. "I have a lot of faith in him, he’s earned it and he continues to earn it."
Added Francona about Aviles ability to play different spots: "He embraces it, understands it and can get more at-bats if he can move around and when he moves around play the game right."
RABURN UPDATE: Ryan Raburn will likely return tomorrow as a designated hitter when the Tribe takes on the White Sox in a B game. Francona did consider playing Raburn Monday but decided to give him another day. Raburn tweaked his left knee after running into the wall in last Friday’s game against the Cubs.
TICKET WINDOW: Single-game tickets went on sale to the general public Monday morning. During the weeklong Internet pre-sale, there was a 114 percent improvement over last year. The most popular dates so far are June 20 and June 21 vs. Detroit, May 16 vs. Oakland, July 10 vs. Yankees and Aug. 2 vs. Texas.