Smoke signals

Carlos Santana, who served as Cleveland's primary catcher over the past few seasons, started at third base for the second time this spring Sunday against the Mariners. In the first inning, Santana received his first ground ball of Spring Training, and made a throwing error that allowed Corey Hart to reach base. Cleveland is using this spring to evaluate whether Santana can be a viable option at third.

"You try to watch and see what he reacts to, everything, even balls that aren't hit to him," Indians manager Terry Francona said prior to Sunday's game. "Is he moving? Is he reacting to a play? Is he reacting to the bat? So far, he seems to be just fine. I know in winter ball, all the reports were that he didn't look out of position."

• The Indians plan on giving a look at utility man Ryan Raburn at first base at some point this spring. Francona indicated that it would likely be at least another week before Raburn -- mainly a corner outfielder for the Tribe -- played first in a Spring Training game.

• Utility man Jose Ramirez, who underwent surgery on his left thumb in December, is scheduled to play four innings in Tuesday morning's "B" game against the Angels. Francona noted that Ramirez's comeback was slowed recently after the infielder injured an ankle while on a treadmill.

• Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (projected to be in the Opening Day rotation) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Tuesday and a bullpen session Thursday. It could be at least one week until Salazar makes his Cactus League debut.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.