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Baseball's biggest question marks going into spring training

Danny Salazar was putting up a breakout season before he broke down. Will he retain that form in 2017? AP Photos

My sunglasses, sun tan lotion and Starbucks card are locked, loaded and ready for a spring training tour of all the major league camps. But I also have my annual list of relevant issues to keep in mind during my spring training visits.

Here’s a quick glance at the biggest questions marks going into spring training.

1. Will the Indians’ trio of Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Michael Brantley all return to form?

After winning 94 regular-season games and 10 postseason games, the 2016 American League champs made it all the way to the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series before falling to the Chicago Cubs. Believe it or not, this year’s version of the Indians has a chance to be even better, and not just because this offseason they signed the AL RBI leader Edwin Encarnacion as a free agent. Instead, it’s because three key players will be coming back from injuries and are expected to be 100 percent by Opening Day.