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One More Obstacle

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Trevor Crowe found himself back at Double-A Akron this spring to begin his fourth pro season. The 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft, who endured a tough season with the Aeros in 2007, played two games for Akron in April before going on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back.

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Familiar Assignment

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Outfielder Ben Francisco may have been the best player the Indians saw all spring. Yet, there he was, starting the season at Triple-A Buffalo for the fourth consecutive year. When the Indians added him to their 40-man roster over the winter, it gave the organization the opportunity to keep him around a while longer, just in case.

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Assigned To Relieve

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Shawn Nottingham found an immediate upside to what might have been considered bad news by other pitchers. The 23-year-old lefthander was told by his bosses at the end of spring training that he would no longer be a member of the rotation at Double-A Akron. He would instead work out of the bullpen.

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Miller’s Misfortune

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Adam Miller has, over time, nearly mastered the fine art of optimism. "I don't think there are any more parts of my finger I can strain," Miller says with a smile. The most recent test of optimism for Cleveland's long-suffering former first-round draft pick and No. 1 prospect came early in this year's big league spring training. He sustained a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

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