Indians make first cuts of spring camp
Minor League camp begins in earnest today with the first full workout, and it’s no coincidence that the Indians made their first cuts of spring camp.
Right-handers Jason Grilli, Zach Putnam and Alex White were all reassigned to Minor League camp. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz was optioned to Double-A Akron.
Grilli, a veteran reliever brought in on a Minor League deal, is having surgery on his right quadriceps this week, and it’s expected to end his season.
possibly bound for the Columbus bullpen, made a strong impression in camp but was not considered a factor in the bullpen battle. UPDATE: Pitching coach Tim Belcher told me Putnam will actually begin the season in the Akron rotation. A change in course after Putnam was converted to relief work early last season.
White was the Tribe’s No. 1 Draft pick last year and is likely headed to Class A Kinston.
De La Cruz missed most of last year because of an elbow injury but is one of the more promising young arms in the system.
There are now 56 roster and non-roster players remaining in camp.