GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A pair of familiar injuries resurfaced on Thursday afternoon for the Indians.
In a 10-5 loss to the Royals at Goodyear Ballpark, veteran Ryan Raburn exited early with discomfort in his left knee, and utility man Zach Walters was forced from the game with a right abdominal strain. Both bench players dealt with similar issues down the stretch last season with Cleveland.
Raburn, who will turn 34 in April, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 19 last year to repair a lateral meniscus tear. The utility man hit .200 in 74 games in 2014 while dealing with a variety of health issues, but reported to camp this year in good shape and as a virtual lock for the Tribe's bench. Raburn doubled in the first inning and grounded out to end the second, but left Thursday's game before the top of the fourth inning.
"His spike jammed when he was running," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It's just strictly precautionary. We're going to get him some ice and we'll see how he reacts for [Friday], but there's nothing going on. We just want to take care of him."
The 25-year-old Walters -- acquired from the Nationals at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline last year -- played through a right side injury (intercostal) for most of September with the Indians in 2014. This spring, the switch-hitter was working at positions all around the diamond while competing for a reserve role. Walters left Thursday's game after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning.
"He said he felt it in his lower back on a ball up the middle," Francona said of Walters, who played second base on Thursday. "And then when he swung, he felt it again. If he takes another swing and he really hurts himself, that doesn't make any sense."
The Indians have said that both Raburn and Walters are day to day.