This is going to take some time, which is all right because spring training is all about time. The subject on the table is how quickly one of the fastest outfields in Indians history can become an effective unit. Put three take-charge center fielders in the same outfield and some wires are bound to get crossed. It happened in the first inning Friday as the Indians and Reds opened the Cactus League season at the Goodyear Ballpark. Ryan Hanigan sent a fly ball to right center field. New center fielder Michael Bourn could have caught it, but didn't. Ditto for new right fielder Drew Stubbs, as the ball fell between them for two-run double and a 5-0 Reds lead in a game the Indians won, 11-10, on Mike McDade's three-run double in the ninth inning. "Just a miscommunication," said Stubbs. "It's the first time we've really been out there as a unit. That's what you use spring training for, so you can iron those things out." Bourn took the blame, saying he should have caught the ball. "The biggest key to me in the first couple of weeks is to find out who has what kind of range," said Bourn, a two-time Gold Glove winning center fielder. "Since I'm in the middle, I want to know what the corners look like, and I know we have real good corner outfielders. "We pretty have much have three center fielders out there playing. We'll just watch each other, feed off each other and learn as we go."
As Cleveland Indians win exhibition opener, outfielders still getting up to speed with each other
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Feb 23