Alas, no such guarantee exists, and Inglett is no stranger to the reports that Luna is the early favorite for the utility role."It fuels the fire a little bit," Inglett said. "It puts a chip on my shoulder. It's always good to have a challenge put in front of you. If you're not competitive, you'll slip away." And Inglett has no interest in returning to those motels. Classic matters: Manager Eric Wedge couldn't be happier the World Baseball Classic isn't an annual event. It's Wedge's opinion the inaugural staging of the event did a little bit of damage to his club. He said catcher Victor Martinez had been throwing the ball better before he played for the Venezuelan team than he did after his return. And relief pitchers Rafael Betancourt and Fernando Cabrera, he said, both suffered from having to ready their arms for the tournament, only to pitch sparingly. "Routines are a powerful thing in this game," Wedge said. "I think [the WBC] affected those guys a little bit." The numbers game: When Josh Barfield showed up to Chain of Lakes Park on Friday morning, he received two pieces of news: Keith Foulke had retired, and, therefore, No. 29 was available. While with the Padres last season, Barfield wore No. 29 in honor of his father, Jesse, who wore it with the Yankees and Blue Jays. He briefly had the same number with the Indians, before Foulke was signed in January and claimed it, forcing Barfield to grab No. 12. Now, Barfield and 29 have been reunited. "I called my dad, and he was pretty excited," Barfield said. "It's nice to have the family number." Clubhouse manager Tony Amato has been busy with the number swaps the last few months. Bench coach Jeff Datz lost No. 29 to Barfield, hitting coach Derek Shelton lost No. 39 to Roberto Hernandez, Tom Mastny lost No. 47 to Joe Borowski and Matt Miller switched over to No. 59. Don't blame Bartman: Borowski had as good a view as anyone of the famous Steve Bartman play in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Bartman, of course, was the Cubs fan whose attempts to catch a foul ball off the bat of the Marlins' Luis Castillo in the eighth inning of that game prevented outfielder Moises Alou from catching it for the second out. The Cubs were up 3-0 at the time and five outs away from clinching a World Series berth. But after the play, the Marlins scored eight runs in the inning, then won the next night to dash Chicago's hopes. Blame it on Bartman? Borowski, who was the closer for that Cubs club, sure doesn't. "I look at it like this," Borowski said. "[Bartman] did what anybody else would have done. There were four other people who threw their hands up, too. It just happened to hit his. Mo would have caught it, but that's just one out. You still have to get the other outs anyway. And there was only one man on and we were up by three. It was unfortunate and the first thing you think is, 'Oh, this team is cursed.' But we should have gotten the job done."
Finally: Indians pitchers and catchers had their first official workout of Spring Training on Saturday morning. Betancourt, Cabrera, Mastny, Aaron Fultz, C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook, Jason Davis, Matt Miller, Jason Stanford, Juan Lara, Rafael Perez, Brian Sikorski and Tony Sipp all threw a bullpen session.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.