Here's the latest out of the American League Central:
- The Cleveland Indians have a new pitching coach, Scott Radinsky.
- Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at Cleveland pitching prospects Austin Adams, Scott Barnes, Chen-Chang Lee and Danny Salazar.
- Ubaldo Jimenez trained in the Dominican Republic over the off-season with catcher Carlos Santana and had regular workouts, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
- Royals new pitching coach Dave Eiland is adjusting Felipe Paulino's mechanics slightly and is saying he's seen "pretty much instant results."
- Catcher Manny Piña is heading this weekend to Kansas City to undergo surgery after being diagnosed with torn cartilage in his right knee.
- Jake Peavy, 10 pounds lighter, wants to make 30 starts for the White Sox in 2012.
- Robin Ventura addressed some media Thursday but wouldn't tip his hand regarding the closer situation.
- Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers is having some early success with a shorter swing, according to Tom Gage.
- Tsuyoshi Nishioka of the Minnesota Twins might see some time at third base this spring as he prepares for utility role, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
- Twinkie Town reacts to the idea that Nishioka could be at third:
Tsuyoshi Nishioka Preparing for Utility Role - Twinkie Town
My biggest questions for Nishioka at third base will be in terms of his responsibilies, footwork, and arm strength. Both second base and shortstop require vastly different things from the players manning those positions compared to third base. And while proper footwork will help Nishioka get the most out of his throws, we saw last season that the ball wasn't really on a laser coming out of his hand.