SportsTime Ohio announces broadcast changes

SportsTime Ohio announces broadcast changes

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians' broadcast team for SportsTime Ohio will have a few changes for the upcoming season.

On Thursday, STO announced that former Tribe pitcher Jensen Lewis will assume the role of analyst for all "Indians Live" pregame and postgame shows. In addition, Andre Knott, who has covered Cleveland sports for a variety of outlets for the past several years, will take over as STO's new reporter.

Former Indians outfielder Rick Manning (analyst) and Matt Underwood (play-by-play) will be back in the TV booth to call games this season. Al Pawlowski will also return as the host for "Indians Live" pregame and postgame shows.

STO also announced that it will have a new "Indians Live" set inside Progressive Field on the main concourse next to the new two-story bar The Corner, which is part of the ongoing renovations at the ballpark. The station is also creating an interactive space called the SportsTime Ohio Patio, which will be on the bar's second level.

In other news:

• Pitcher Gavin Floyd underwent successful surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday morning in Cleveland. Dr. Thomas Graham and Dr. Mark Schickendantz performed the operation, stabilizing a fractured olecranon bone. There is no timetable for Floyd's return.

"Everything went according to plan," manager Terry Francona said. "From talking to Gavin before he left, he took this next step in a hurry, going from getting punched in the stomach to being ready to tackle this, which is really good."

• Outfielder Brandon Moss was in the lineup in right field on Thursday, while outfielder David Murphy served as the designated hitter. Francona has been following a schedule created by the medical staff for Moss, who is playing every other game for the time being and responding well.

"Murph will play right [on Friday]," Francona said. "We're trying to get Mossy using these games to get his hips stronger, and we can use it to let Murph get at-bats."

• Righty Danny Salazar struck out nine in four innings during a simulated game on Monday, but Francona noted that he was facing Minor League batters. According to reports, many of the strikeouts came on chased pitches outside the strike zone, but the staff was pleased with Salazar's velocity and the way he worked in the lower half of the zone.

• Rain on Thursday forced the Indians to alter their throwing schedule a little bit. TJ House and Zach McAllister, who were originally slated for Minor League games, had their outings moved to the night game against Seattle. Scott Atchison, Bruce Chen, Josh Tomlin and Nick Hagadone are scheduled to work in Minor League games on Friday.

• Veteran utility man Mike Aviles went through a workout on Thursday to test his sore right elbow, which kept him sidelined for the past couple of days. Barring any setbacks, he might be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.