Early signs look promising as Raburn rediscovers swing

Early signs look promising as Raburn rediscovers swing

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ryan Raburn is one of several Indians players looking for a bounce-back year in 2015.

The 33-year-old right-fielder injured his right wrist in Spring Training a season ago and was never quite the same.

The wrist injury hampered Raburn's swing and in the 74 games he played, he hit just .200.

"He never quite felt himself at the plate," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It kind of snowballed on him a little bit. He tried too hard to do things. It was one of those years where it seemed like he was a fraction off a lot of times like he'd foul a ball off that the year before he'd hit or if he hit a line drive to right it'd get caught instead of carrying to the wall."

Raburn has played in two games this spring and is 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs.

Worth noting

• Fast and slow starts are a topic of discussion every year, but Francona knows that how a team starts the year is fairly tough to predict.

No matter how a team performs in March, those results are not indicative of what's to come in April and May.

In Francona's first two seasons as Indians manager, the team was 55-55 over the first two months of the season.

"There's times where I come out of Spring Training and I've felt so good and we've stunk," Francona said. "On the flip side, I don't know. That's why you prepare the best you can, try to get everyone feeling good about themselves because once the season starts, it's totally different. The bell rings man and it's different."

But why are the first two months of a season so unpredictable? Well, it could be any number of reasons.

"Sometimes it depends on weather," Francona said. "You get back East, you have a bad week of weather, you look up and you see a lot of bad batting averages. That's just the way it is."

• Adam Moore was supposed to start at catcher in Sunday's game against the Rangers, but that start is in jeopardy after a backswing caught Moore in the hand on Friday.

"The backswing got him pretty good," Francona said. "He's pretty sore today."

Doctors will look at Moore Saturday, but it's likely Roberto Perez, who was scheduled to back up Moore, will start Sunday.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.