Injury robs Goedert of opportunity

Injury robs Goedert of opportunity

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Indians manager Manny Acta was hoping to get a close look at prospect Jared Goedert this spring. Unfortunately, an early injury has robbed the Minor Leaguer of a chance to try to impress the skipper.

"He pulled his oblique," Acta said on Monday. "He's going to be out for a couple of weeks. I don't think we're going to be seeing him in camp anymore."

Acta noted that Goedert strained his right oblique during a Cactus League game against the Reds on Feb. 28. The 25-year-old corner infielder has not played since then and he will likely be sent back to Minor League camp in the near future.

When Spring Training began, Acta made sure to mention Goedert's name when discussing the opening at third base. Last year, Goedert hit .283 with 27 home runs, 37 doubles and 83 RBIs in 125 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Goedert will likely wind up back in Columbus, though his status as the team's third baseman could be in jeopardy if prospect Lonnie Chisenhall also heads to Triple-A. Acta noted that the Tribe will probably shift Goedert between first and third base, also giving him starts in left field and as a designated hitter, to keep him in the lineup.

"He did give us some good at-bats," Acta said of Goedert's early spring showing. "I was anxious to take a look at him, because of what he did last year. I think it's probably more disappointing to him, because this was a good opportunity for him to show our Major League staff what he can do."