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Indians Place Branyan On DL

The Indians have placed first baseman Russell Branyan on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back.

The move gives the starting job at first base to Matt LaPorta.

Cleveland manager Manny Acta said that the team didn't think Branyan had enough time to get ready for the season opener April 5 at the White Sox.


Kerry Wood May Miss Two Months Of Season

Kerry Wood may miss the first two months of the season after an MRI revealed a strained latissimus muscle as the source of the pain under his right shoulder.

Describing the injury, a recurring Spring Training issue for the 32-year-old reliever, as a "moderate strain," head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff pegged Wood's absence at "six-to-eight weeks from when the MRI was taken," which was on Thursday.

"That is the time we estimate he will be back in a Major League game," added Soloff, who expects Wood to begin playing light catch in 10-14 days.

Via MLB.com

Cleveland Offered Lincecum $700k In 2005

The Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

Cleveland made him a $700,000 offer, much to the chagrin of Frank Coonelly, who was in charge of the draft's unofficial slotting system for MLB. Coonelly is now president of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Indians had already gone over slot specifications with a couple of other players and Coonelly was unhappy with the offer.

Lincecum said no after asking for $1M and went to the Cape Cod League that summer and pitched well. He returned to college for the 2006 season and was the 10th player taken in the draft. The Giants paid him $2.025 million.

The Indians weren't the only team that drafted Lincecum and failed to sign him. The Cubs took him with the 48th pick in 2003.

Via Plain Dealer

Cleveland's Cabrera Injured Diving Into Base

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera injured his left leg diving into a base on Friday against the Angels.

He led off the fourth inning with a triple and dove back to third on a pickup attempt. A few pitches later, trainer Lonnie Soloff went out to check on Cabrera, who walked to the dugout and was replaced by Jason Donald.

"He had a little pain in his leg," manager Manny Acta said. "He did it diving back. We'll know more tomorrow."


Surgery Likely For Two Indians

Spring training is over for Indians veteran pitcher Jason Grilli and rookie hitter Jordan Brown.

Brown will have arthroscopic surgery early next week to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, while Grilli is seeking a second opinion on an injury to his right quadriceps.

"We're looking at a timetable of between four to eight weeks for Jordan to return," trainer Lonnie Soloff said.

"Jason has a significant injury and we're gathering further information, but there is a high likelihood of surgery that could cost him the balance of the season."

Via Yahoo! Sports

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