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Check out the extended protective netting at Progressive Field


In December, the Indians announced that protective netting would be installed at Progressive Field ahead of the 2018 regular season. The netting will be extended from behind home plate to the ends of both dugouts. Canopy nets will be stretched farther down the third base line.

As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince reported on Wednesday, installation of the netting began. He tweeted a picture of it with a sarcastic caption:

Indeed, one can see what’s behind the netting with virtually no intrusion whatsoever. It’s almost as if the people complaining about netting expansion didn’t actually have a good argument.

All 30 teams have said protective netting will be extended by Opening Day. It will certainly help prevent fans from being struck by errant bats and balls throughout the game.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.