(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) -- With one week until Opening Day the Cleveland Indians announced roster decisions that were directly impacted by a suspension that was handed down by MLB in August 2011.
Tribe right-hander Carlos Carrasco will open the 2013 season with the Indians only to wipe out a six-game suspension he received in 2011 for throwing at Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler. After Carrasco serves the six-game suspension, he will open the 2013 season at Triple-A Columbus.
Meanwhile, Indians lefty Scott Kazmir was named the club's fifth starter in its rotation. Kazmir, 29, will not technically open the 2013 season on the Indians roster, but he will be added prior to his first scheduled start Saturday, April 6, against the Tampa Bay Rays. This move and other roster moves were directly impacted by Carrasco's six-game suspension.
On Monday afternoon the Indians optioned C Yan Gomes and utility man Cord Phelps to Triple-A Columus. The club also selected DH/1B Jason Giambi's contract from Triple-A and placed him on the 15-day Major League Disabled List due to a lower back strain. Gambi is eligible to come off of the DL on April 9.
Right-hander Frank Herrmann who recently underwent elbow surgery was also placed on the 60-day Disabled List.
The Indians told LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Bryan Shaw and INF/OF Ryan Raburn that they would all open the 2013 season on the big league club barring an injury.
Left-hander David Huff and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera were told they will not make the big league team and that the club would look to try and trade them.
Right-hander Matt Capps was also released by the Indians on Monday. A move that will prevent the Indians from having to pay the former closer a $100,000 bonus. However, Capps and the Indians may work to renegotiate a deal.
According to Indians general manager Chris Antonetti the club and right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka are working on a new renegotiated deal that would start the Japanese pitcher at Triple-A Columbus this season.
- Nick Camino