Indians spring training underway in AZ

Indians spring training underway in AZ

Monday saw the arrival of Jason Giambi to Indians camp in Goodyear.

He will be out on the field on Tuesday for his first day of being a Special Instructor, basically an extra coach for the spring. This is Giambi's first foray into coaching, even though he was almost like a player-coach in his two seasons with the Indians.

"I played 20 years in the big leagues, I had a lot of ups, some downs and I learned a lot in this game. I think it would be a shame not to pass it on to help these younger players play," Giambi said.

Michael Brantley met with reporters for the first time in the camp to talk about his shoulder rehab.

Surgery in November kept him from his usual offseason hitting routine, he actually was not able to swing a bat until Saturday.

Those cuts came at balls sitting on a tee. It wasn't hitting a moving ball, but it was something.

"Anytime I have a bat in my hands, I'm happy," he said.

Brantley wants to be ready for Opening Day, but knows that might not happen.

"If I'm not out there, I am going to be the biggest cheerleader I can be," he said. "Hopefully, I can be around my teammates so I can make sure I can give any advice or help then in any way." 

Tuesday will mark the first full-squad workout of the camp. Position players reported on Sunday and spent Monday getting physicals and having their individual meetings with Terry Francona.

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