Film Studies Help Indians' Hagadone





GOODYEAR, Ariz.—Nick Hagadone still has no idea if his future is in starting or relieving. But if it's bothering the 6-foot-5 lefthander, it's hard to tell.

"I like to do both," said Hagadone, who at 25 is likely to start the season back at Double-A Akron, where he battled injuries and control issues throughout last season. "It's really a 50-50 deal for me, so whatever they chose is fine."

Whatever role the Tribe brass ultimately asks of Hagadone, they were able to see him as a starter early in big league camp.

"During instructional league I was able to fix a couple things mechanically," he said. "I'd had a rough 2010 season, but luckily it wasn't related to the health of my arm. I just needed to get my mechanics back in order."

Through the use of video, Hagadone compared old shots of his stance and windup to his most recent last season in Akron. That helped him work out some of the kinks that led to him to a 4.50 ERA in 19 games (seven starts) with 34 walks and 44 strikeouts over 48 innings.

"After a rough season last year, now I feel I'm back to where I was before the (2008 Tommy John) surgery," said Hagadone, Boston's supplemental first-round pick in the 2007 draft. "I feel strong and I'm back to using my lower half correctly in my direction to the plate."

For now, the plan could be to start the season with Hagadone in the Aeros starting rotation, then moving him into bullpen later if need be.

"Even if he starts now, we could always transition him to the bullpen later," Indians farm director Ross Atkins said. "The great thing about developing as a starter—even if you are ultimately a reliever—is seeing lineups a couple of times and getting a chance to work on more of your secondary pitches."

SMOKE SIGNALS

• Indians shortstop Tony Wolters was scheduled to miss the end of spring training after having surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his right hand. Wolters, 19, had been practicing hitting at home in California and came to camp with the sore hand before an MRI revealed a broken bone.

• The Indians completed the process of inking all 40-man roster players to contracts when righthanders Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin and catcher Carlos Santana all agreed to one-year deals for the 2011 season.