GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- After joking early in the spring that he would announce one or two lineup spots each week until Opening Day, Indians manager Manny Acta finally caved on Monday and revealed the bulk of his planned batting order.
"Like you guys don't know what the order will be," Acta said with a laugh. "You're just waiting for me to say it."
As things currently stand, Acta said the projected lineup would include outfielder Michael Brantley in the leadoff spot, followed by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, catcher Carlos Santana, designated hitter Travis Hafner, first baseman Casey Kotchman and second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Two of Cleveland's starting roles -- third base and one outfield spot -- remain up in the air. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan are competing for the starting third base role, while a long list of players are vying for the outfield job in the wake of the news that center fielder Grady Sizemore (lower back strain) will not be ready in time for Opening Day.