The Cleveland Indians continue to tread forward in Spring Training and as the case should be, more news is circulating around the Tribe. Check out the Indians Spring Training roundup for today:
The big news coming out of camp today was the fact that reliever Andrew Miller and center fielder Bradley Zimmer were sent home due to a run-in with the flu.
Andrew Miller and Bradley Zimmer are both battling the flu and have been sent home from the complex.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) February 20, 2018
Miller and Zimmer will have plenty of time to recover before Opening Day, so no major concerns there obviously.
In other news, Zack Meisel of The Athletic wrote that the Tribe will have a tough decision to make when it comes to the final roster spots. Both Erik Gonzalez and Giovanny Urshela are battling for a platooning infielder role on the squad and it’s an interesting battle to keep an eye on for one key reason: Both of the players are fresh out of minor-league options in their career.
“He affected just about everyone’s life who’s come up through the Minor Leagues. He actually turned into a really good friend, getting to know him, spending a lot of time in Columbus…I wish we could wear it on our hats, but we’ll keep him in our hearts.”
Tribe starting pitcher Ryan Merritt expounded on the subject with some of his thoughts:
“It goes to show you the impact he had on a lot of people. As a clubbie, he respected all the players, and all the players respected him. He did a great job. But he did an even better job at just being a good guy and a good friend. It was amazing to see how many people stepped up and were honoring his family, and how much they cared about him. It’s a sad deal, but I think it maybe brought a lot of people together.”
That’s the roundup for today’s Tribe news.