When the Cleveland Indians take the field next Monday against the Boston Red Sox, it looks as though they will be missing each of their starting corner outfielders in their Opening Day lineup from Progressive Field.
Such was the tone out of Goodyear, Arizona this morning as the Indians announced that right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will open the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist injury, separate from the right forearm issue that has plagued him throughout the spring. In addition, Michael Brantley still appears likely to end up on the DL to start the season, although no formal move had been made by the club at the time of this post.
With Chisenhall and Brantley sidelined, it opened the door for outfielders Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill, who were both informed that, barring unforeseen circumstances between now and Opening Day, that each will be with the club to open the season.
While the Cleveland Indians spent a lot of time looking at its bullpen situation for the coming season, the team made several free agent acquisitions to bolster their options. They also quietly made the December purchase of right-handed reliever Dan Otero from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Otero is a four-year Major League veteran who turned 31 last Friday. He had a good half-season in 2013 and a great one in the Oakland bullpen in 2014, but crashed back down to Earth last season, going 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 41 appearances.
The Cleveland Indians have remained busy this week as on Friday afternoon, the club announced it had acquired right-handed reliever Dan Otero from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations.
It was the second move in as many days by the Indians to address the options in the bullpen for the coming season, as they signed free agent reliever Joe Thatcher on Wednesday to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. His deal is reportedly worth $1 million with additional incentives if he is on the Major League roster.
It makes four potential additions to the club this week alone and two notable subtractions.