GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Veteran shortstop Adam Everett is in Indians camp as a non-roster player on a Minor League contract, trying to win a spot on the club behind starter Asdrubal Cabrera. Everett's chances may have narrowed somewhat because of a sprained left thumb he suffered trying to steal second base during the second inning of Saturday's 10-7 Indians victory over the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar took the throw from catcher Hank Conger and blocked the base as Everett slid in head first. Everett, the starting shortstop for the Astros from 2003-06, said on Sunday that he was not very happy about Aybar's move.
"He blocked the base on me with his leg. On a stolen base. In Spring Training. You don't see that too often," Everett said a few hours before the Indians were slated to play a D-backs split squad in a Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark. "I'm a little disappointed that it was done that way. I didn't really care for that, but that's the way it goes."
Everett, 34, said the injury couldn't have come at a worse time with Opening Day for the Indians just 12 days away in Cleveland against the White Sox on April 1. He added that he took solace in the fact that the thumb wasn't broken, but expects to undergo an MRI sometime within the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.
Everett is humming along at .355 (11-for-31) trying to make a good case for himself to make the big league team. Everett's past four seasons have been fraught with injury and decline. He was released by the Tigers this past June after batting .185 in 31 games.
Everett's claim to fame is that he batted .304 (7-for-23) against the Cardinals in the 2005 National League Championship Series, helping the Astros to their only NL pennant. They won that series in six games and were then swept by the White Sox in the World Series. Everett batted .067 (1-for-15) in the World Series.
"I really hope this [injury] isn't a big deal," he said. "I'm hoping I can get back out there in a couple of days, continue play, play well and see what happens. It's such a bad time to get hurt. I've probably had one of the best springs I've had in a long time. I came in here ready to go and this is extremely disappointing."