SEATTLE -- Indians manager Terry Francona detailed the way his team's Opening Day roster would look over the course of the past week. Prior to Thursday's season opener against the Mariners, Cleveland made things official with a series of roster moves.The Indians purchased the contracts of outfielder Rajai Davis and
SEATTLE -- Indians manager Terry Francona detailed the way his team's Opening Day roster would look over the course of the past week. Prior to Thursday's season opener against the Mariners, Cleveland made things official with a series of roster moves.
The Indians purchased the contracts of outfielder Rajai Davis and reliever Matt Belisle, who were in camp as non-roster invitees. Cleveland also placed left fielder Michael Brantley (right ankle rehab), right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis), infielder Gio Urshela (right hamstring strain) and lefty Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) on the 10-day disabled list.
In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Davis and Belisle, the Indians designated outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Ben Taylor for assignment.
The Indians also reassigned first baseman Mike Napoli to Minor League camp, along with lefty Jeff Beliveau, infielder Andrew Maggi, righty Evan Marshall and catcher Jack Murphy.
Prior to Wednesday's workout at Safeco Field, Francona met with his players on the eve of their Opening Day game against the Mariners. This is no longer a young and inexperienced team. The bulk of Cleveland's roster has gone through the postseason, including the World Series two years ago, and expectations are high for the 2018 season.
Given those circumstances, Francona said his meeting was brief.
"It's actually really quick," Francona said. "Guys know how we feel. Basically, it's just reminding them we're a better team when we use our entire team. It's not an indictment if we pinch-hit for somebody or go to our bullpen. Our guys complement each other really well and we're a better team when we use our entire team."
Here is a look at how the Indians' Opening Day roster breaks down:
Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin
Cody Allen, Belisle, Nicholas Goody, Zach McAllister, Andrew Miller, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero
Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, Erik Gonzalez, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez
Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez
Lonnie Chisenhall, Davis, Brandon Guyer, Tyler Naquin, Bradley Zimmer
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