New Indians OF Melky Cabrera heads to extended spring training

Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera will report to extended spring training after signing a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday the 33-year-old Cabrera will spend approximately 7-to-10 days at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona, before joining a minor league team.

The Indians are 13th in the AL in runs scored and Cabrera could give their struggling offense a boost. The switch-hitter batted .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBI in 156 games last season for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

So far in the series, Brewers pitchers have done their part but haven’t gotten enough offensive support to add up to wins.

“We’ve pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Thursday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “The numbers will tell you throughout the course of the season we’ve pitched well — like we pitched well last year. I think it will continue.

“That’s the foundation of this, that we pitch well and prevent runs. So continuing that puts us in a good spot for sure.”

Hayes figures to bolster the depth of a Georgia defensive line that returns both starting defensive ends from last year’s team in Tyler Clark and Jonathan Ledbetter.

“To go out there and have a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth was big for myself,” Graveman said.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Starting SS Elvis Andrus and 2B Rougned Odor are already on the DL.

“You don’t want the main guys going out that way,” Andrus said. “But at the same time, it’s a good time for the young guys to step up.”

Banister plans to primarily play Kiner-Falefa at third in Beltre’s absence.
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