Morgan, Chisenhall make roster, other moves announced
The Indians made several roster announcements on Monday morning.
Outfielder Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Monday, a move made retroactive to March 21st, which opened the door for outfielder Nyjer Morgan to officially be named to the opening day 25-man roster. Bourn will miss at least the first four games of the season as he is not eligible to come off the disabled list until April 5th.
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was informed that he made the opening day roster, which means he will likely be the regular third baseman and Carlos Santana will split his time at third base (likely against lefties) as well as catcher, first base and designated hitter.
The Indians also optioned right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer and C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus, and reassigned first baseman David Cooper and first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair to Columbus. Luke Carlin was reassigned to Columbus but will remain with the big league team for the remainder of spring training.
The Indians also parted ways with right-hander Aaron Harang as they informed him he would not make the opening day roster and he was released. He is now a free agent.
With the roster moves it leaves just the fifth starter to be determined between Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin, the seventh bullpen spot and the 25th spot on the roster which is expected to go to a pitcher. Carrasco will make the team either as a starter or reliever and Blake Wood looks all but set to get the seventh bullpen spot. The final spot on the roster could come down to the loser of the Carrasco/Tomlin battle and Scott Atchison - though if Carrasco wins the final starting job it would make more sense to send Tomlin to Columbus to continue to get regular starts.
Right now the choices are Aviles and Johnson or lefties in Murphy and Chisenchump.
So to keep the platoon advantage,Francona will DH a utility infielder so his DH/back up catcher/first basemen can play third?
Or he can lose the platoon advantage and DH Raburn and play Murphy in right.
This makes sense how?
I think Tomlin delivers more stability, he's more likely to produce quality starts consistently than Carrasco