CLEVELAND -- During a break from hitting in an indoor batting cage, Francisco Lindor walked up behind Jason Kipnis, and the young Indians shortstop wrapped his arms around the second baseman and lifted him into the air. It was that kind of day Thursday morning.The 17 Tribe players who reunited
CLEVELAND -- During a break from hitting in an indoor batting cage, Francisco Lindor walked up behind Jason Kipnis, and the young Indians shortstop wrapped his arms around the second baseman and lifted him into the air. It was that kind of day Thursday morning.
The 17 Tribe players who reunited for a workout at Force Sports in Westlake, Ohio -- a western suburb of Cleveland -- were in a collective good mood. The group organized this minicamp just ahead of Saturday's Tribe Fest event, helping set an early tone for the season as Spring Training rapidly approaches.
"It's good," pitcher Cody Anderson said. "It's good to start building some team camaraderie before Spring Training. I'm just getting excited about starting the season."
The bulk of Cleveland's roster was in attendance. The players went through stretching, agility drills, played catch and took light batting practice. Even Michael Brantley -- recovering from November surgery on his right shoulder -- participated in the conservative workout with his teammates.
Brantley went through agility exercises and played catch with Yan Gomes, but the left fielder's timetable remains the same. The Indians have maintained that Brantley is expected to be ready for activation within the first couple of months of the season.
Starter Corey Kluber, closer Cody Allen and catcher Yan Gomes were also on hand. A trio of the Tribe's offseason additions -- Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis and Collin Cowgill -- joined the workout, too. The entire group, along with some others, are expected to attend Tribe Fest, which happens Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at Aloft Hotel in downtown Cleveland.
Indians' pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, Ariz., for Spring Training on Feb. 17, with the first workout planned for Feb. 19. Cleveland's full squad is then required to report Feb. 21 with the first team workout slated for Feb. 23. A majority of the Indians' roster will be in Arizona ahead of the required reporting dates.
"We're excited to get the team going," Anderson said, "get out there with the full squad and start mixing it up and playing games."
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