Roy Halladay, Denard Span have tough first innings today

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UPDATE: Denard Span tweets that his mom is doing OK.

Spring training is winding down poorly for a couple of players. In the space of about 15 minutes:

  • The Twins’ Denard Span smacked a foul ball into the stands that hit his own mother, who was sitting just above the dugout.  Mom seems to be OK — she wanted to stay at the game but left to go to the hospital for tests — but you have to figure Span is going to be grounded for a while.

And with that news, I think spring training has gone on quite long enough, thank you.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.