Notes: Sabathia puts down his clubs
Lee still sitting out; Marte has a rough day at third base
Enough, already: Sabathia is officially sick of being asked about his contract status. Two seasons away from free agency, Sabathia has been pestered with queries as to his desire to stay with the Indians beyond 2008 from all comers, ever since general manager Mark Shapiro made it known he would begin discussions with Sabathia's agent about an extension. "It's so far away," Sabathia said of free agency. "The only thing I'm worried about is helping this team win and going to the playoffs. Anything beyond that, I can't control." Rough day: The hot corner got a little hotter for Andy Marte on Sunday. Marte, who is slated to be the Tribe's everyday third baseman primarily because of his defensive skills, made one error and had at least two other playable balls hit his way that he couldn't get a glove on. "He had a rough day down there," said Wedge, who was planning to have a talk with Marte after the game. "He's better than that." The Indians have asked Marte, who was solid at third in the last two months of the '06 season, to stay focused on his defensive game this season, letting the offensive side of the game come naturally. Special guest: Former NFL Pro-Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman, an ESPN college football analyst and regular contributor on Columbus, Ohio, sports radio station 1460 The Fan is at camp as part of the Tribe's annual "Wahoo Week," in which eight of the team's radio affiliates will broadcast live from Winter Haven. Later this week, Spielman will suit up in an Indians uniform and shag fly balls in the outfield during the Tribe's batting practice. Tribe tidbits: Utility infield candidate Hector Luna's defensive troubles continued Sunday, as he made two errors on the day at shortstop -- dropping a popup and muffing a grounder. ... Luis Rivas, another candidate for the utility job, officially has Wedge's attention. Rivas looked solid at second base Sunday and also dropped down a bunt single in the second inning. "He does what you want to see in that role," Wedge said. ... Right fielder Trot Nixon remains absent from Grapefruit League activity, as he works his way back to full strength after offseason surgery to repair a bulging disk in his lower back. On deck: The Indians will make the long trek to Port St. Lucie on Monday for a 1:10 p.m. ET game against the Mets. Right-hander Jake Westbrook will make his second start of the spring against left-hander Oliver Perez. Paul Byrd, Rafael Betancourt, Aaron Fultz, Rafael Perez, Ed Mujica and Jeff Harris are also scheduled to throw for the Tribe.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.