With the first option ringing true, a group of hitters came to Progressive Field in order to stay sharp in the brief respite between the season's first and second game. The workout was completely voluntary, according to hitting coach Greg Walker, but starters such as Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Alexei Ramirez and Nick Swisher were in attendance.
"We had guys who wanted to come in and move around," Walker said. "During the year, you find a lot of guys who don't like to take a full day off.
"And it's so convenient," added Walker, pointing out how the ballpark is just a 10-minute walk from the team hotel. "We were in and out in 90 minutes, and we got in good work."
Walker told Jim Thome not to come for the informal workout, and actually discouraged other players after their crazy travel weekend to Oklahoma City and Memphis, Tenn., was followed up by Monday's high-energy affair. Bench players such as Brian Anderson, Carlos Quentin and Pablo Ozuna also took part, with their participation becoming a little more important to staying on track amid this early down time.
"Little things like that, they won't hurt me," Anderson said. "Staying sharp, that's what it's all about. Hopefully, it helps me turn it into something more productive, more often."
"That sort of one-hour workout, it's what it takes for bench guys to stay sharp," Walker added. "It's especially true early in the season, with the off-days."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.