TUCSON, Ariz. — The injury that will keep designated hitter Andre Thornton out of the Cleveland Indians' lineup for several weeks could be a major career break for one or two other players.
"I'm looking for a bat," Manager Pat Corrales said. "If Andy's not able to play, it opens another spot on the roster."
Catcher Butch Benton, one of several people fighting for one or two roster openings for players other than pitchers, approached Thornton's absence with a matter-of-fact attitude.
"I've been playing the game professionally for 11 years, and not much of that has been in the major leagues," said Benton, who has had brief stints with the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. "Maybe I can get a break.