Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 35 days
Abraham Almonte came to camp a year ago in his familiar 35, the same number that he had worn in his first three seasons with the Indians. He wouldn’t get to keep it, however, as he was designated for assignment at the end of the spring and was selected off of waivers by the Kansas City Royals, preventing him from joining just a handful of players in club history (Wayne Kirby, Enrique Wilson, and Tom Buskey) to wear 35 for more than three years for the Tribe.
Now, 26-year-old right-hander Ben Taylor will see if he gets to keep the number for himself for a second season after appearing in just six games for the Indians last year.
The steadily evolving bullpen for the Cleveland Indians will be down an arm on Sunday, as the team optioned right-hander Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians recalled outfielder Greg Allen.
The Cleveland Indians bullpen was known to have some question marks about it coming into the season after the losses of Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith from the staff in the offseason. Good length from the starting pitching helped to buffer those losses through much of the first month of the season, but that has not necessarily been the case in recent weeks and has been compounded by extra inning games and the hamstring strain sustained by Andrew Miller last week.
Cleveland announced on Wednesday that the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor had been selected from Triple-A Columbus. To create room on the 40-man roster for the 25-year-old, veteran right-hander Matt Belisle was designated for assignment.
The Cleveland Indians made a pair of minor roster moves on Thursday prior to the first game of the 2018 season when outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Ben Taylor were each designated for assignment.
The Opening Day roster for the Cleveland Indians continues to take shape. Another puzzle piece fell into place on Thursday when manager Terry Francona announced that Rajai Davis would break camp with the club as a reserve outfielder.
Even a week and a half after pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Arizona, for the start of the Cleveland Indians’ spring training festivities, new faces continue to arrive to camp.
To create room on the 40-man roster for Taylor, the Indians announced that right-hander Cody Anderson had been placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery early last year. He is in camp with the club working his way back from the procedure.