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• Indians rotation candidate Corey Kluber logged 4 2/3 innings in a camp game against Double-A Akron during Tuesday's off-day. The right-hander allowed two runs on nine hits, finishing with one walk and five strikeouts in the 86-pitch effort.

"He got hit a little bit," Francona said. "They put the barrel on it a few times. He was trying to establish his fastball early, which we wanted him to, and he got hit a little bit. Then he started throwing his breaking ball and he started getting them out. We want him to be more aggressive with that fastball."

• Indians right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is not in the team's Opening Day plans, has agreed to accept a Minor League assignment, but the ballclub is still sorting through the details of his contract with agent Scott Boras. General manager Chris Antonetti said the situation should have some kind of resolution within the next few days.

• Francona indicated that Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who tweaked his right hamstring during Friday's contest against the Brewers, might be ready to return to game action by this weekend. Gomes is competing for a bench job as a third catcher and utility player.

• Indians right-hander Brett Myers, who is lined up to be the team's third starter this season, turned in six shutout innings in a Triple-A game on Wednesday. Myers scattered three hits, struck out eight and finished with zero walks in the 75-pitch effort.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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