Smoke signals

• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who needed 15 stitches Monday due to a left arm laceration, has resumed lower body strength and conditioning, and cardiovascular training. Manager Terry Francona noted that Brantley has also been doing one-handed swinging drills. Brantley might be cleared for limited baseball activities early next week.

• Indians reliever Joe Smith (left abdominal strain) is scheduled to throw in a live batting session during Saturday's workout. He might be cleared for game action next week. Minor League right-hander Trey Haley (right shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

• Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta, who is coming back from left hip surgery, might be ready to resume game activity in a couple of weeks, according to Francona. LaPorta is not on the team's 40-man roster.

• Former Indians manager Mike Hargrove, who is a special advisor for the team, arrived in camp on Friday to serve as a guest instructor. Hargrove typically works with the first basemen and assists with other duties during morning workouts.

• The radar readings at Surprise Stadium had Indians starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (a rotation candidate) around 82-85 mph during his outing on Thursday. Francona said Cleveland's internal readings had Dice-K topping out at 90 mph.