(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The Cleveland Indians are continuing to finalize their Opening Day roster in preparation for the 2014 season and on Monday more decisions were announced.
Michael Bourn will open the season on the 15-day DL, due to hamstring tightness. Originally Bourn had said he’d be ready for Opening Day March 31 in Oakland, but after discussions with manager Terry Francona and the training staff, they felt it was best to make sure he is back to 100 percent before playing.
Bourn’s DL situation opened the door for outfielder Nyjer Morgan who was told he will make the big league club. Morgan, 33, was in camp as a non-roster invitee and had a terrific spring both offensively and defensively.
Lonnie Chisenhall was told he will be on the big league roster when camp breaks on Thursday, March 27. It is still unclear, however, who will be the everyday third baseman between Chisenhall and Carlos Santana.
On top of those decisions impacting the 25-man big league roster, the Tribe also reduced its spring roster. The Indians optioned Trevor Bauer and C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus, while reassigning Bryan LaHair, David Cooper and Luke Carlin to Minor League camp.
The only decisions left for the Indians involve pitching spots. The final spot in the rotation is down to Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco, while the final spot or two is open in the bullpen. Depending on who wins the final spot in the rotation could impact how many bullpen spots are in fact open. Other guys in the mix for bullpen spots appear to be Blake Wood and Scott Atchison.
- Nick Camino