GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- On Saturday, the Indians had their final tune-up before Cactus League play gets underway on Sunday. But what was supposed to be a three-inning intrasquad scrimmage was cut to two-and-a-half frames because Anthony Gose did not take the mound as expected.
Gose was driving on Interstate 10 on Friday night when he was rear-ended by another car in traffic. Indians manager Terry Francona said that Gose did not need to go to the hospital after the team’s trainers and doctors checked in with him.
“He was stuck in traffic, and he saw the lady coming behind him,” Francona said. “She hit him pretty good. We got news of that last night. The first thing, we knew he was OK. But we knew he was a little bit sore. And we were a little concerned that he'd show up today and be more sore.”
Although Gose still wanted to pitch in Saturday’s intrasquad, the Indians talked to him about playing this safe, avoiding any potential flare-ups that could’ve happened if he toed the rubber, and Gose understood.
“We'll slot him back in here the next couple of days,” Francona said. “We just wanted to let him catch his breath. Just make sure everything's OK.”
Right-hander Aaron Civale looked sharp in his first exhibition matchup on Saturday. It may have been against his own teammates, but Civale tossed 2 2/3 hitless innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
Logan Allen also worked two strong innings, making just one mistake to Owen Miller, who launched a solo homer. Allen gave up just that one hit and run with one walk and two strikeouts.
“I know we’re on Field 2 and it’s still February, but [Allen] looks really good,” Francona said. “I’m gonna be a little surprised if he doesn’t make some noise this spring. I think he’s positioned himself where he’s situated himself for success.”
Daniel Johnson showed off his speed with a triple, and Billy Hamilton recorded a double.
Bradley down 35 pounds
Along with Allen and Roberto Pérez, who entered camp noticeably slimmer, Bobby Bradley said he lost 35 pounds this offseason. The first-base prospect knew that he’d be entering camp as a strong contender to make the Opening Day roster after the team decided against picking up Carlos Santana’s option, so he did everything he could to get himself in the best shape possible.
“Just coming into a big year and realizing that going into the offseason, I got mentally locked in,” Bradley said. “I woke up at 6 a.m., me and one of my buddies, [and] we'd go for a run every morning. Slowly started getting into the gym and getting into baseball work after that.”
Bradley made his big league debut in 2019 but played in just 15 games. He stayed at the Tribe’s alternate training site for the duration of the ‘20 season and is now ready to prove that he can stay at the Major League level.
“Definitely more confident for sure,” Bradley said, after having his debut under his belt. “Knowing I got myself in the right spot to be able to compete for the first base spot.”