Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will be away from the team for Saturday and Sunday's games against the Marlins in order to attend the graduation of his daughter, Leanna, from San Diego State University. Former Tribe bench coach Tim Tolman -- who is still in the organization -- will fill Alomar's duties in his absence.

• Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan (back tightness) remained out of the starting lineup on Saturday for the sixth game in a row. Hannahan took part in pregame fielding drills and did some hitting in the indoor batting cage. With an off-day looming on Monday, there is a chance Cleveland holds Hannahan out of the lineup until Tuesday.

• Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin (on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist injury) played catch up to 90 feet on Saturday. Tomlin remains on target to throw off a mound by early next week. Lefty Rafael Perez, on the 15-day DL with a left lat injury, will likely throw one more bullpen session before advancing to a simulated game.

• Indians general manager Chris Antonetti noted that the organization is trying Minor League pitching prospect Scott Barnes as a reliever to see if he could be an option for the Major League bullpen. Barnes, who went 8-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 18 starts last season between Double-A and Triple-A, has a 4.44 ERA in eight games (three starts) for Triple-A Columbus this season. Barnes has 27 strikeouts against 11 walks in 24 1/3 innings.

Quote to note
"They've got the best pitching coach in the game -- my brother-in-law."
--Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, on Indians pitching coach Scott Radinsky