Notes: Indians invite three to camp

Notes: Indians invite three to camp

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed, stamped and sent out three more invitations to Spring Training.

The club announced Wednesday that it has signed outfielder Todd Donovan, infielder Jose Flores and infielder Andy Tracy to Minor League contracts with non-roster invites to Spring Training camp in February.

Donovan, 27, is a base-stealing threat who comes from the Dodgers organization, by way of the Padres. He spent the majority of 2005 with Double-A Jacksonville, where he hit .275 with eight homers and 36 RBIs in 119 games. He led the Southern League in steals with 62. His 10 triples ranked second in the league, and his 89 runs scored ranked third.

Donovan closed out '05 with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .378 (17-for-45) with three stolen bases. Before joining the Dodgers, he spent six years in the San Diego farm system after being selected by the Padres in the eighth round of the 1999 draft out of Siena. He owns a career Minor League average of .269.

The 32-year-old Flores also comes from the Dodgers organization. He spent all of last year at Las Vegas, where he batted .336 with four homers and 42 RBIs in 96 games.

Flores is primarily a shortstop. He played 74 games at the position and seven at second base. He has minimal Major League experience, having appeared in 16 total games between the A's in 2002 and the Dodgers in 2004. He'll be entering his 13th professional season.

Tracy, 32, is coming back from overseas. He began '05 with Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit .325 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 12 games before he was sold to Japan's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on April 21.

Tracy, a Columbus resident who was originally drafted out of Bowling Green by the Expos in the 16th round of the 1996 draft, hit .209 in 63 games in Japan.

Tracy has 136 games of big league experience under his belt with Montreal and Colorado.

Miller to winter ball: Matt Miller is going to try to get some of the rust off.

The right-handed reliever, who made just one Major League appearance in the second half of the 2005 season because of a strained tendon in his right elbow, will spend the next two weeks pitching for Arecibo in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

This is Miller's second attempted comeback from the injury. His first, in late August and early September, was thwarted when he experienced continued soreness in the elbow during two rehab outings.

Miller has been rehabbing in Cleveland and Mississippi during the offseason and has finally been declared fit to pitch. He went 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA and one save for the Tribe in 2005, as opposing batters hit just .212 against him.

Bogar in charge: The Double-A Akron coaching staff has been set, with Tim Bogar tapped to handle the club's managerial duties.

Indians director of player development John Farrell also announced that Scott Radinsky will serve as the Aeros' pitching coach and Felix Fermin will be the hitting coach.

Bogar, 39, will enter his third season as a Minor League manager and his first in the Tribe's farm system. He led the Class A Lexington Legends (Astros system) to an 81-58 record in 2005 and was named to the postseason All-Star squad as the top manager in the South Atlantic League.

In his first season as a manager, Bogar led the Greenville Astros of the Appalachian League to a 41-26 record and the league title.

Bogar played nine seasons in the Majors, including four with the Mets, four with the Astros and one with the Dodgers before calling it a career after the 2001 season. In 701 games, he hit .228 with 24 home runs and 161 RBIs.

Both Radinsky and Fermin served in similar roles for the Indians' farm system last year, with Radinsky at Class A Lake County and Fermin at Triple-A Buffalo.

Here comes Santa Pronk: His name is Travis Hafner, but this time of year you can call him Santa Pronk.

Hafner will be signing autographs to benefit a good cause this week. From 7 to 9 p.m. ET on Friday at Southpark Centre, the man known as Pronk will be playing host to a toy drive to benefit Beech Brook, a local foster care, mental health and adoption agency.

All fans donating a new, unwrapped toy will receive an autograph from Hafner. The event will also include an appearance from Santa Slider from 5 to 6 p.m. WTAM's Sportsline program with Kevin Keane will be there live from 7 to 10 p.m.

Beginning Friday, Cleveland Indians Charities will be selling $5 raffle tickets at the Southpark Team Shop to win an autographed Hafner jersey or game-used bat and baseball.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.