Let the dice-rolling begin. The Indians turned setup man Guillermo Mota loose for the first time this spring in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Mets.
Media reports said he looked good, pitching a scoreless fifth inning, and had no pain in the right shoulder that has so many of us biting our nails.
Mota is a big, fat, red X-factor for the Indians this season. A healthy and effective Mota setting up closer Bob Wickman means the Indians will probably continue to have one of the top bullpens in the American League. An injury to Mota, Wickman, or both, and suddenly the Indians are using Danny Graves to set up Fernando Cabrera.
Mota reportedly babied his injured shoulder this winter, declining to play winter ball and maintaining a workout regimen that allowed him to gain overall strength for the upcoming season.
That he reported no pain in his first spring training outing is a good sign. Hopefully he's reporting no pain once the games start counting.