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Like most teams, the Indians have seen their fair share of injuries this spring, some more serious than others.
The following four players below have all been dealing with injuries. Three of them—Jason Giambi, Michael Bourn and Ryan Raburn—will play important roles with the team this season, while the fourth, Shaun Marcum, had an outside chance to make the rotation out of spring training.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Jason Giambi broke a rib on his right side and will miss roughly 3-4 weeks. The 43-year-old figured to start the season in a bench role, similar to the one he played during the 2013 season.
It's highly unlikely that Giambi breaks camp with the team, and he'll likely start the season on the DL.
Even so, Giambi says he'll probably start swinging a bat on Mar. 25, per Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes. In the same article, Giambi told Hoynes that, "they said in about 10 days I’ll be able to start doing things. It will hurt, but I should be able to work through it. Hey, I’m 43. I’m used to playing in pain.”
Michael Bourn will break camp as the team's starting center fielder, but only if he's healthy.
According to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes, Bourn left the team's Mar. 16 outing against the Giants with a strained left hamstring. The severity of the injury, as Hoynes notes, is unknown to this point, but Bourn's status is expected to be updated on Monday, Mar. 17.
Even if the injury proves to be minor, the team may lean toward the side of caution, as the injury occurred to the same hamstring that Bourn had surgery on last season. Consider him day-to-day for now, but don't be surprised if the team holds Bourn out for the next couple of days.
Update: According to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes, Bourn will miss at least one week, putting his status for opening day in serious jeopardy.
Shaun Marcum entered camp as one of the members of the group vying for the fifth spot in the Tribe's rotation. Unfortunately for Marcum, he's yet to log a single inning of work this spring.
The 32-year-old has been dealing with the lasting effects of the surgery he underwent this offseason to alleviate the effects of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. However, Marcum did throw his first live bullpen on Mar. 14.
According to Joey Nowak of MLB.com, Marcum thought the session went pretty well.
It went well. Feeling pretty good. Came out feeling a lot better than I thought I would. Still got some things I need to work on mechanically, but as far as the arm, health and everything feels great right now.
Marcum is unlikely to join the big league team for its first series against the Oakland A's, but if he's willing to take a minor league assignment, then he may have a chance to join the rotation this summer in the event of an injury.
Ryan Raburn has a legitimate chance to create a platoon situation in right field, where he and David Murphy would split time as the team's starter at the position. However, this will only happen if Raburn can get healthy prior to the start of regular-season games.
Raburn left a Mar. 7 game with a knee injury. On Mar. 8, Terry Francona described the injury to Cleveland.com's Zack Meisel.
He's got a bruise. We'll keep him inside today and let him get some treatment. I don't think we'd play him [Sunday]. He's OK. Structurally, he's fine. He just whacked it.
Raburn had hoped to be back in the lineup on Thursday, Mar. 13, following a successful "B" game performance on Mar. 11—per MLB.com's Joey Nowak—but nature had other plans for Raburn. The 32-year-old is expecting his second child in the very near future, and left camp to be with his wife at their home in Tampa Bay, Florida, per CBSSports.com.
When Raburn returns, expect him to join the lineup.