Francona doesn’t want Moss and Swisher rushing their rehab
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Everyone is accounted for at the Indians Player Development Complex as the remaining position players arrived on Sunday.
Position players will have physicals and one-on-one meetings with the coaching staff on Monday and the first full-squad workout will take place on Tuesday.
Nick Swisher and Brandon Moss aren’t expected to see any Cactus League action until the middle of March, but Terry Francona and the rest of the coaching staff should have a clearer indication of the level of activity for both after Monday’s meetings.
"Every morning our training staff will come in and explain during our 8 a.m. meeting what they can and can’t do that day," Francona said. "That will be one of the things we talk to both of them about trying to get healthy and not pushing for an artificial deadline. When they do come back they can be productive."
Moss, who had a right hip labrum repair in October, is expected to begin position-specific running sometime this week and could be hitting on the field next week. Swisher, who had double knee surgery in late August, is on a structured running and agility program to accommodate the increased volume and activity of spring training. He could begin outfield-specific drills and base-running before games start on March 3.
SUNDAY’S WORKOUTS: Pitchers didn’t do any bullpen throwing on Sunday, instead concentrating on fielding and defense. Francona was on one of the side fields watching pitchers fielding bunts.
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