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Mar 13, 2017

The Indians spring is almost halfway over, and while there isn't much to talk about, two shoulders are at the top of the worry list. With Michael Brantley still recovering from a 2015 injury, Jason Kipnis has quietly been on the shelf for most of Spring Training with shoulder ailments of his own. Mike Hattery and Jim Pete take a way-to-deep look at the shoulder, and what this could mean for Kipnis in 2017. The EHC boys also discuss Yandy Diaz, and why he should make the roster, groin or no groin. They gaze at the almost surreal swing changes that Bradley Zimmer has undergone, and ponder long-term deals for Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor.

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  • The proverbial Jeff Nomina discussion...and excuses
  • Jason Kipnis and the "minor" shoulder injury
  • Mike doesn't ease Jim's mind on precautionary shoulder injuries
  • A sneaky bad Indians spring
  • If it's more than precautionary, the Indians have alternatives that are Major League ready
  • There's smoke with shoulder injuries, we just hope there isn't fire
  • Bradley Zimmer's swing changes
  • He's always had good power, but does this change his ceiling?
  • Small sample sizes don't make a career
  • Is Zimmer's swing repeatable?
  • If Zimmer cuts his K% to 25% or better, is he a top 20 prospect?
  • These are tough changes to make at an advanced level
  • The Indians have been giving their young guys a chance, and they've been performing
  • Yandy Diaz needs to be on the roster, groin or no groin
  • Diaz gets four games a week if he's a utility
  • Yandy's only mystery is how good he is defensively in the outfield
  • Long term deal for Lindor and JRam?
  • "Hollywood" Lindor
  • WBC rants