Indians remove three from 40-man roster

Indians remove three from 40-man roster

The Indians did their annual October housecleaning, removing three players from the 40-man roster Friday.

Right-handers Anthony Reyes and Hector Ambriz and catchers Chris Gimenez were all outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. Reyes and Gimenez have the option of becoming free agents, if they so desire.

None of these moves are particularly surprising.

Reyes, who would have been arbitration-eligible, had he remained on the roster, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since May 2009. He had Tommy John surgery last summer and is still working on his mechanics. He is 13-26 with a 5.12 ERA in his Major League career.

Ambriz, a Rule 5 Draft pickup who stuck with the Tribe for the length of the 2010 season and therefore did not have to be offered back to the D-backs, had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow in September and won't be an option next year. Ambriz was 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in 34 appearances in his rookie year.

Gimenez played in 73 games for the Tribe over the last two years, bouncing between backstop and the outfield and batting .160 in 169 total at-bats.

With these moves, the Indians' 40-man roster now stands at 39 players. Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana, both of whom are on the 60-day DL, don't yet count toward that total.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.