Brantley (back) missed his fourth straight game due to back stiffness but is showing signs of improvement, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He's doing much better," said manager Terry Francona. "I told him point-blank, 'I don't care if you miss a few games or a few at-bats. Let's get you healthy so you're not thinking about this during the regular season.'"
The Indians aren't concerned that Bourn has just one stolen base attempt this spring, MLB.com reports. "I think he feels like he's equipped to go out there and play the way he wants to," manager Terry Francona said. "The last thing we're going to tell a nine-year veteran is, 'Hey, run, and beat yourself up.' We have talked to him about [the lack of stolen bases], but he said he feels good."
Kipnis (back) will play five innings defensively in a minor league game Wednesday, and will get an at-bat in each inning, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. He hopes to rejoin the big league club for a game Thursday if all goes well.