The Indians’ first round of cuts to the major league Spring Training roster didn’t have any real surprises. RHP Austin Adams, LHP T.J. House, infielder Jesus Aguilar, infielder Jose Ramirez, and outfielder Carlos Moncrief were optioned to AAA Columbus. Infielder Erik Gonzalez was optioned to A Carolina. The following players were re-assigned to minor league camp: infielder Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joe Wendle, and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
I’m a little worried about Jose Ramirez. He injured his left thumb in late November playing winter ball (requiring surgery) and apparently tweaked his ankle about a week ago while running on a treadmill. I don’t know how much, if anything, those injuries/tweaks affected his getting optioned to Columbus. On February 17, the Indians said he was taking flips in the batting cage but was 7-10 days away from taking batting practice on the field. It seems he isn’t fully recovered. He only had 14 plate appearances for the Indians in 2013, but made a big impression. I like his style and hope he gets/stays healthy.
There are now 53 players in major league camp, and we’re two and a half weeks out from the first game of the season. The roster cuts are just going to get more and more interesting.
The first roster reduction of the spring brings the total number of players in Major League camp to 53.