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Dellucci feels forearm is coming around

Dellucci feels forearm is coming around

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- David Dellucci said he was ready to give his sore left forearm "a shot" on Sunday.

"Well, not a shot," Dellucci said with a smile, fearing people would take him too literally, "but an opportunity."

After missing nearly a week of action because of the soreness, Dellucci was in the lineup and in left field for Sunday's game against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. He went 1-for-3 at the plate, bringing his spring average to .147. Ben Francisco replaced him in the seventh inning.

Dellucci said he felt a bit out of sorts in his first at-bat, but was fine by the end.

"Had this been the regular season, I would not have missed a single game," Dellucci said. "I like the direction I'm headed in."

The Indians will gauge how Dellucci feels on Monday morning before determining how best to proceed from this point. They are still not talking about this as a potential disabled list situation. Manager Eric Wedge is tentatively planning to give Dellucci the day off on Monday, then play him on back-to-back days.

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Dellucci, who missed the majority of last season after tearing his left hamstring, has felt the soreness for a while now. He said he might have aggravated the problem when he made a diving attempt to snare a line drive a couple weeks back.

"It kept getting sorer and sorer," Dellucci said. "When I dove on it, it inflamed it even more."

The Indians are expecting to use Dellucci in a left-field platoon with Jason Michaels, with Dellucci getting the starts against right-handed pitching. If Dellucci is unable to go by Opening Day, the Indians could keep Francisco, who has had another eye-opening spring camp, aboard.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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