Elbow puts Tribe's Reyes behind schedule

Elbow puts Tribe's Reyes behind schedule

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians have only played one game this spring, but Anthony Reyes is already behind in the race for the available job at the back end of the rotation.

Reyes is currently dealing with right elbow discomfort, and Indians manager Manny Acta said there is no timetable right now for the pitcher's return to the mound. Reyes did not pitch in either of Cleveland's intrasquad games on Thursday and Friday, and he had a scheduled bullpen session scratched on Sunday.

Acta noted that Reyes has been examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed Tommy John surgery on the pitcher's right elbow in June 2009. According to Acta, Reyes does not have any structural damager in the joint, but Cleveland is giving him some time off to be cautious.

"He got checked out and everything," Acta said Sunday. "He's fine, but he's going to take a few days off. The ligament is perfect. There's no structural damage. He's just going to take a few days off and we'll go from there."

Reyes, who missed all of last season with the exception of five Minor League rehab outings, was tabbed by Acta as a "sleeper" candidate for the fifth-starter job earlier this spring. Other contenders for that job include right-handers Josh Tomlin and Jeanmar Gomez and lefties David Huff and Aaron Laffey.