Well, Lonnie Chisenhall does. So does Nyjer Morgan/Tony Plush. They’ve both made the Opening Day roster. Morgan is the beneficiary of Michael Bourn’s injured hamstring; who will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, backdated to March 21. If I’m counting correctly, that means Bourn could come off the DL by the home opener on April 4.
I still have my doubts about Chisenhall’s ability to be a regular major league third baseman. He’s hit .308 in Spring Training, which would normally make me feel pretty confident about him going into the regular season, except that he hit .400 in Spring Training in 2013 and ended up going .225 for the season. Chisenhall did respond to the news that he made the Opening Day roster by homering in Monday’s win against the Reds.
Pitchers Trevor Bauer and CC Lee were optioned to AAA Columbus. They’ll have plenty of company, because late last week, pitchers Preston Guilmet, Frank Herrmann, and Colt Hynes and infielder David Adams were also sent to Columbus. Infielders David Cooper and Bryan LaHair and catcher Luke Carlin have been re-assigned to minor league camp. And if you missed the news, Aaron Harang was told this weekend that he would not be on the Opening Day roster. The Indians granted his release on Monday, so he still has time to go out and find another job before the season gets underway.
There are now 36 players in major league camp, but the 25-man roster looks pretty much set (at least until Bourn comes off the DL). The big question is still whether it will be Carlos Carrasco or Josh Tomlin as the 5th starter. Tomlin has a 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 4 starts/14 innings pitched this spring. Carrasco has a 5.17 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 5 starts/15.2 innings pitched. Tomlin starts today, but the numbers seem to be in his favor. But Carrasco is out of options and is also further away from Tommy John surgery than Tomlin. It would seem wiser to start Carrasco and let Tomlin start rebuilding his arm strength and endurance. What do you think?