"Big step. Basically, yesterday was kind of a feeler day to see how it felt and see how I felt coming into today," LaHair said. "I squared up the ball good, swung and missed, didn't hurt. Got jammed, didn't hurt. So I kind of pretty much went through everything I envisioned going through and everything felt pretty good. Coming into today, I feel pretty good."
LaHair, a 39th-round pick of the Mariners in the 2002 Draft, signed as a free agent with the Indians this offseason after having surgery on his left hand in September. He spent the 2011-12 seasons with the Cubs, batting .263 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs in 150 games over two years.
"He's been working really hard and trying to get enough reps -- not too many reps -- working a rest day, like a recuperative day, and he will play in Scottsdale and get three at-bats tomorrow," manager Terry Francona said.
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