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• The Indians have Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, David Huff, Rich Hill and Giovanni Soto in camp as possible left-handed relief options. Tribe manager Terry Francona is hoping to break camp with at least one southpaw in his bullpen.

"We would certainly like to have a lefty," Francona said on Sunday. "Saying that, I think I've learned the hard way that, when you have a lefty just for the sake of having a lefty, as a manager, that can realy mess you up."

• Reliever Joe Smith used Sunday as a rest day in his comeback from a minor left oblique issue. Smith is scheduled to resume his throwing program (likely up to 120 feet) on Monday, with the goal of being ready to throw off a mound by the end of the week.

• The Indians open their Cactus League slate with a tilt against the Reds at 3:05 p.m. ET on Friday at Goodyear Ballpark. Last spring, Cleveland went 7-22-3 in Cactus League play, dropping their record to 53-65-11 in the team's four years at the training site in Goodyear, Ariz.

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