"There's no fear," Francona said. "I think we've talked about it out of concern and trying to keep him healthy and productive, but he's assured us he'll do whatever we ask, which we appreciate. We have talked about it. We want to do the right thing, for sure."
• The Indians signed six players selected in this month's First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, bringing the team's total to 10 of 42 players selected. The recent signees included catcher/infielder Simeon Lucas (seventh round), outfielder Taylor Murphy (18th), righty Jordan Carter (22nd), lefty David Speer (27th), infielder Nathan Winfrey (28th) and infielder Drake Roberts (29th).
• No. 4 prospect Tyler Naquin (selected by the Tribe in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft) extended his hitting streak with Double-A Akron to 14 games on Wednesday. Naquin has hit safely in 22 of his past 23 games and has hit .475 (28-for-59) during the 14-game streak.
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