(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The Cleveland Indians are getting closer to Opening Day, which means the roster is also being set. With that, comes roster reductions.
On Monday the Tribe announced six roster reductions which included LHPs Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes being sent to Triple-A Columbus. Both Barnes and Hagadone had up-and-down spring camps and the addition of LHP Josh Outman during the offseason certainly decreased their chances of making the big league club.
The Indians will likely have two lefties in their bullpen; Outman and Marc Rzepcynski.
Along with Hagadone and Barnes, RHP Travis Banwart, RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP J.C. Ramirez and LHP Mike Zagurski were re-assigned to Minor League camp.
The latest roster reduction by the Indians brings the total number of players in Major League camp to 46.
More roster cuts are expected in the next few days. The Indians open up the 2014 season on March 31 in Oakland for a three-game series with the Athletics.
The Indians also had some new injury news to announce. Nyjer Morgan is dealing with a minor calf strain, while new infielder Justin Sellers is recovering from a hip flexor injury. Michael Bourn is recovering from a tight left hamstring injury that he suffered Sunday during a split-squad game in Scottsdale against the Giants. Bourn is expected to miss at least a week of baseball action.
- Nick Camino