(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – Opening Day is just over a week away for the Cleveland Indians and they’re now finalizing their roster in preparation for the 2014 season.
On Saturday the Indians announced that INF/OF Elliot Johnson and RHP Vinnie Pestano made the big league club and will break camp with the Tribe when they open the season in Oakland March 31.
General manager Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona also announced that the club released OF Jeff Francoeur, who was vying for a spot on the roster, making him a free agent. Antonetti and Francona also spoke with OF Matt Carson informing last year’s September call-up that he will start the year at Triple-A Columbus.
There are still a few spots open on the Tribe’s 25-man roster including the final starter in the rotation, one or two bullpen jobs and bench spots; but a lot of those pieces will be dependent on the injury status of Michael Bourn (hamstring tightness) and Jason Giambi (non-displaced rib fracture), as well as how much third base Carlos Santana will play during the regular season.
Antonetti and Francona also met with OF Nyjer Morgan and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to explain to them that no decision has been made regarding their status on the club yet.
Backup catcher candidate Matt Treanor, who is dealing with a tight hamstring, will likely open the season on the Triple-A Columbus disabled list. Treanor made it clear he is willing to accept an assignment at Triple-A since he will not make the big league club.
- Nick Camino