• In the final stretch of recovering from a strained oblique, Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith threw his second live batting practice Saturday with the hope of making his spring debut sometime next week.
"He's doing great; he's doing really well," Francona said. "He's just 10 days behind everybody else. But basically, there are no issues."
Smith had a 2.96 ERA over 67 innings with the Indians last season.
• A day after being shut down indefinitely with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, Indians reliever Frank Herrmann traveled across town to Tempe on Saturday to get a second opinion on his arm from Angels team doctor Lewis A. Yocum.