"I know some other teams out there are interested in me, because of some stuff that happened this offseason," he says. "I believe if I come back and I'm at the point I believe I'm at right now and I can go out and throw and be effective, there are other teams that would be interested in a left-handed pitcher with big-league time who has had some success up here, too. We'll see what happens."Know your role: Jason Davis thinks he benefited quite a bit from finally having a full-time job as a reliever last season. The stats certainly back up that belief. Davis went 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA and one save in 39 relief appearances for the Indians and 0-2 with a 0.54 ERA and four saves in 11 games for Triple-A Buffalo. Most importantly, he went 1-1 with a 1.14 ERA in 17 outings for the Tribe from July 25 through the end of the year.
"I was throwing strikes and pitching primarily out of the stretch," Davis says. "That was the key."And finally getting out of the trap of going back and forth between starting and relief work helped, too. "It helped groom me," Davis says. "I got a taste of what a full year in the bullpen is like and how to handle it." Baby, it's cold outside: Teams don't report to Florida expecting to be training in 50-degree weather. But that's been the case for the Indians in the opening days of camp. Wedge says the cooler conditions can be a problem for pitchers, if they're not handled correctly. "The only part where I get concerned about is after they throw," he says. "If they stand around too much, they get stiff. So I make sure they get in [the clubhouse] right away [after their work is done]." They're here: The Tribe's clubhouse is beginning to fill up with position players reporting early. On Sunday, the two notables to arrive in camp were center fielder Grady Sizemore and designated hitter Travis Hafner. Only six position players have yet to report to camp. They have until Tuesday to do so. Wedge says he doesn't put much stock into guys showing up early, though it's always nice to see. "I do believe there's certain people that need to be here early," he says. "If that's the case, I usually let them know."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less