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Indians giving Carlos Santana additional resources as he works out at third base

Dec 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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If their latest action is any indication, the Indians’ decision to have catcher Carlos Santana work out at third base wasn’t just made on a whim. As Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports, the Indians have sent infield coach Mike Sarbaugh down to the Dominican Republic to help Santana as he plays in winter ball. GM Chris Antonetti says that reports have been encouraging.

“It’s still very early in the process,” said GM Chris Antonetti. “Sarbie has been down there for a few days with Carlos. He’s made a couple of errors, but so far the reports have been encouraging.

“He made two errors in one game, but he also made a nice diving play.”

The Indians will have a better feel for the situation when Sarbaugh returns to Cleveland and gives them his report.

The Indians needed to make room behind the dish for Yan Gomes after his breakout season in 2013, and with Nick Swisher at first base, Santana volunteered to work out at third base, effectively pushing Lonnie Chisenhall down on the depth chart. If the experiment at third base doesn’t work out, the Indians shouldn’t have any issues making Santana their full-time DH.

Santana last played third base in 2008, one game with the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate Inland Empire. Prior to that, he had played five games at third with Single-A Great Lakes in 2007, and 38 games combined in 2006 with Single-A Vero Beach and Ogden.

  1. babybull12 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    i love this move! chisnehall and chris perez are and were the 2 biggest problems with this team. after cutting bait with perez it brings me great pleasure to see chisenhall hopefully getting buried on the depth chart. i think our window for actually getting something worthwhile in a trade for chisenhall is passed cause other clubs have seen his flaws fielding and his unclutch plate appearances. the only thing i would like to see now is trade asdrubal for a possible #2 starter like homer bailey, and have aviles take over at short until lindor is ready. aviles and gomes were the 2 most under the radar moves last season that had the biggest impact. this team is finally seeing the light and making the proper moves to be a contender. swapping out stubbs for murphy couldnt have made me happier too. well done front office!!!

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