Smoke signals

• Designated hitter Mark Reynolds has not played in a game since March 6 due to minor back stiffness. On Sunday morning, Reynolds hit off a tee and played catch up to a distance of 90 feet with no issues. He might be ready to return to game play on Wednesday, following Tuesday's team off-day.

"It's just standard Spring Training soreness," Reynolds said. "You can't really train for standing around. It's not a big deal. They're just giving me a couple extra days to make sure it all goes away."

• Indians manager Terry Francona was surprised that World Baseball Classic, Inc. did not suspend any of the players involved in the bench-clearing incident between the teams from Canada and Mexico in Saturday's tournament game. Seven players were ejected in Canada's 10-3 win.

"It surprised me there weren't any suspensions," Francona said on Sunday. "That was really surprising to me. There were some haymakers flying. I don't understand. Maybe there is a different set of rules. I don't know. That was really surprising to me."

• Closer Chris Perez, sidelined with a right shoulder sprain, was deemed asymptomatic on Sunday and allowed to resume throwing. Perez played catch up to a distance of 60 feet and will continue a gradual throwing program with the goal of potentially returning to spring games around the final week of camp.

• Reliever Frank Herrmann (right elbow injury) is scheduled to meet with Dr. David Altchek in New York on Tuesday to have his ailing arm evaluated. If surgery is required -- Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery is a possibility -- the procedure will likely take place on Wednesday.

• The Indians hosted a group of 25 United States Marines and Navy Corpsmen from Camp Pendleton and the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego. Each person in attendance had been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. The group was on hand as part of the Strikeouts For Troops program.

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