Smoke signals

• Indians reliever Frank Herrmann, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow during Spring Training last year, threw off a mound on Monday. It marked the first time since the operation that he threw off a mound with a hitter at the plate. Herrmann is vying for one of the few available bullpen spots this spring.

• Position players are not required to report until Saturday, but plenty were on hand at the Tribe's complex on Tuesday. Among those spotted were Kipnis, Chisenhall, Mike Aviles, Brantley, Jeff Francoeur, Nyjer Morgan, Bryan LaHair, Matt Carson, Francisco Lindor, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, David Cooper and Jose Ramirez.

• Kipnis showed up to camp with a new personalized protective case for his fielding glove. The All-Star second baseman's black glove box has "JK 22" printed in red on the side. A few of Kipnis' teammates jumped at the opportunity to give him a hard time about it on Tuesday.

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