Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 3 Hrs
Moss (hip) could be ready for exhibition play at some point next week, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He's so far ahead. The way he's going, it wouldn't be surprising," said manager Terry Francona in regards to Moss' possible return next week.
Moss' rehab from hip surgery has gone exceedingly well so far and he looks to be a few days ahead of his original mid-March return date which could be a big boost to the Cleveland offense.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 2 Days
Moss (hip) ran the bases Monday and continues to progress towards a return to game action, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He's been streaking along, actually," manager Terry Francona said. "It's hard to slow him down. He's passing every test they give him. Yesterday, he ran the bases. He's coming quick. I don't know the date he'll be in a game, but it's not going to be really far off."
Moss wasn't expected back until the middle of March but has made excellent progress in his rehab so far and appears to be ahead of schedule.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 4 Days
Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that Moss (hip) may be a bit ahead of the mid-March estimate for his first game action of the spring, mlb.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
Moss has been taking batting practice since last week, and he's apparently progressing somewhat faster than expected. He remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, while Nick Swisher (knees) carries a bit more uncertainty.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 8 Days
Moss (hip) took his first batting practice session of the season Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Moss reportedly looked good doing it, hitting plenty of long balls to right field. The shift from Oakland to Cleveland should provide some relief as well, giving moss a more hitter-friendly park to hit in. He hasn't shown any effects of his hip as of yet, and is believed to be on track for Opening Day barring a setback.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 9 Days
Moss (hip) reported no ill effects after participating in sprint and agility drills Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Moss hasn't been able to participate in live batting practice sessions yet but hasn't had any issues in the cages yet. "Hitting has been the one thing that has surprised me the most. That's what hurt the most when everything started hurting. Hitting hasn't been the issue at all. It has felt amazing," he said. He's an interesting bounce back candidate if he can put last year's second half struggles and hip injury behind him.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 10 Days
Moss (hip) was able to work on running sprints and other agility drills Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Indians are still targeting a mid-March debut for game action with an eye towards having him healthy for Opening Day so don't be alarmed if he's brought along slowly in the early parts of spring.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 15 Days
Moss is expected to resume game activity in mid-March, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.Moss, who underwent hip surgery in October, is currently in the midst of a running and hitting program designed to strengthen his hip. He's expected to begin a new running program within the next two weeks, after which he'll begin hitting on a field, probably in late-February or early-March. At this point, it appears he's on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 1 Month
Moss (hip) has yet to pick up a bat this winter but has started a running program, MLB.com reports.
In light of his progress from October hip surgery, Moss appears on track to play in games at some point during spring training. He said that his goal is to be ready for Opening Day, but also acknowledged the need not to rush himself, saying "what is best for the team and myself is to be 100 percent." The 31-year-old struggled to a .584 OPS in the second half of 2014, but believes he'll be able to return to his pre-All-Star break form once completely healthy.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 2 Months
Moss (hip) signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Indians on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Moss underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn right hip labrum in the offseason, and is now on the road to recovery that should lead to him being ready for the 2015 season. However, it is unclear if the injury will have any effect in his numbers, and his playing time could take a hit with the move. The 31-year-old will give the Indians depth in the infield and corner outfield, but he doesn't have a guaranteed everyday starting spot like he did with the Athletics last season.
Brandon Moss 1B/LF.. CLE 3 Months
Moss (hip) was traded to the Indians for prospect Joey Wendle on Monday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
The return on the deal for Oakland is meager, especially considering Moss was an All-Star in 2014, and has hit 76 home runs over the past three seasons. However, the A's did not want to pay Moss in arbitration. In addition, his lack of defensive value and questions surrounding his ability to return at full strength following offseason hip surgery made Moss somewhat undesirable from Oakland's perspective. If he is healthy at the start of the season, Moss should be given a chance to play on a semi-regular basis, splitting time between first base and DH with Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher, while also being capable of handling a corner outfield spot. For fantasy purposes, Moss goes to a slightly better ballpark, but the biggest question remains his ability to make a full recovery from the surgery to repair his torn right hip labrum.