Eight more cut from camp
The cuts keep coming in Indians camp.
On Tuesday morning, eight more players were discarded from the Major League side of the Player Development Complex. Right-handed reliever Jess Todd was optioned to Triple-A Columbus, while left-hander Mike Gosling, right-handers Frank Hermann, Josh Judy and Yohan Pino, catcher Damaso Espino, infielder Brian Bixler and outfielder Shelley Duncan were reassigned to Minor League camp.
While the Indians have had a rash of cuts in the past week, none of the players sent packing were considered favorites to win a job on the Major League club. The more intriguing decisions will be made over the next two weeks, as the Indians prepare to break camp and head to Chicago for Opening Day. There are 38 players left in camp.
Of those given the axe on Tuesday, only Duncan was viewed as a legit candidate for a spot on the Opening Day roster. He had hoped to compete for a job on the Tribe bench, helping out in the corner outfield and first base. But an elbow issue prevented him from getting in any Cactus League games between March 8 and 17, and that significantly hampered his chances.
Todd, Gosling, Hermann and Judy all have the potential to provide bullpen depth this season. Bixler had been acquired as a middle infield utility option over the winter, but he was removed from the 40-man roster last week, when the Indians acquired Anderson Hernandez off waivers from the Mets.