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Smoke signals

• The Indians are poised to open the season with Carlos Santana serving as the backup catcher, as well as an option for first and third base. Santana has concentrated on third this spring, but he started behind the plate during Wednesday's game against the A's. Francona seemed pleased with Santana's performance.

"I was really encouraged," Francona said. "I thought his receiving was actually really clean. I think he enjoyed himself back there. The biggest thing was, I wanted to catch him on his legs after every inning. He popped his head in and said, 'Hey, man, I will do anything I can to help us win.' That to me, was like the best statement of all."

• Francona noted that veteran catcher Matt Treanor (in camp as a non-roster invitee) sustained a strained left hamstring during Wednesday's loss to the A's. The manager indicated that Treanor would most likely miss two or three weeks.

"Treanor hurt his hamstring the other day in the last inning of that game," Francona said. "That puts a little bit of a damper on the end of his Spring Training here."

• Pitching prospect Bauer worked five innings in a Minor League game with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday's team off-day for the Indians. Bauer allowed two runs on three hits and finished with eight strikeouts and no walks in the 80-pitch performance.

"[Pitching coach Mickey Callaway] said he was really good," Francona said. "He said he drove his fastball down in the zone. I think Trevor was also pleased. It was a really good step in the right direction. Really positive feedback from everybody that saw it."

• Indians center fielder Bourn, who is working his way back from a left hamstring strain, ran on an anti-gravity treadmill on Thursday. Bourn was slated to do some light drills on the field during Friday's workout at Cleveland's complex.

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