Smoke signals

• Indians reliever Joe Smith (left oblique) played catch up to a distance of 105 feet with no issues during Saturday's workout. The side-armer is slated to take the day off from throwing Sunday before resuming his program (likely up to 120 feet) on Monday. Smith might be cleared to throw off a mound by the end of next week.

"He's doing really well," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's going exactly like we hoped and he'll be just fine."

• The Indians have a host of players competing for the fourth outfielder's role. Outfielders in camp include Ezequiel Carrera (out of Minor League options) and Tim Fedroff, along with non-roster invitees Ben Francisco, Jeremy Hermida, Cedric Hunter and Matt Carson.

"For all those guys, it got a little tougher," said Francona, referring to the recent signing of Michael Bourn. "It got a little more crowded, but there still is a spot."

• Francona has left messages with Team USA manager Joe Torre and Team USA pitching coach Greg Maddux about potentially having relievers Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano throw in an Indians Cactus League game during their first week of training with Team USA. Francona hoped to have a resolution one way or another by Sunday.