CLEVELAND -- The Indians made several more 40-man roster moves Wednesday. Infielders Drew Sutton and Wes Hodges and outfielder Chad Huffman were all taken off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. Additionally, infielder Carlos Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Phillies. Sutton is now eligible for free agency.
These moves bring the Tribe's current roster total to 34, though in reality the number is 36, as Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana, both of whom are currently listed on the 60-day DL, will have to be added later this month. The Indians, like all teams, have to trim the excess off the roster in order to clear room for prospects that must be protected in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Sutton was rather new to the Indians, as he was plucked off waivers from the Reds in August. He appeared in 11 games in September, going 8-for-36 with a homer and four RBIs at the plate and seeing time at shortstop and second base. The Indians have several middle-infield prospects that made Sutton's presence on the 40-man roster unnecessary. Huffman was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in September and finished the season at Triple-A Columbus. Hodges was a former third-base prospect whose defense necessitated a move to first, where he is no longer considered a top prospect. Rivero, a shortstop, spent the last two years at Double-A Akron, where he's hit a combined .237.