The Cleveland Indians are really more about getting their work in right now than they are about winning games. Don’t get me wrong, everyone wants to win to some degree; it’s just that at this strange point during the year, guys don’t pay much attention to actually winning games. They try to pitch each pitch the right way and work their arm strength up. Hitters try to begin to get their swing and timing down.
That calm approach is not a luxury that Ryan Rayburn has.
The infielder is trying as hard as he can to show that he can come off of the bench and also play third and second well enough to wrap up the number one back-up role. The way he is swinging the bat so far this early spring speaks for itself. This guy is serious. Through two Spring games, he has three homers and has five runs batted in. I told you he was serious.
Manager Terry Francona says that he knows Rayburn is fighting for his baseball life, but he’ll still have to put in his work. There is no doubt there. Otherwise he’ll knock ‘em dead throughout the spring, only to make the club and either get injured or not pull his weight off of the bench.
So, hopefully for his sake, he will go out and fight as hard as he can while getting his body ready for the role he is working so hard to get. Otherwise, he’ll make the team for nothing.