GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A handful of players emptied out their lockers inside the Indians clubhouse on Friday morning, reducing the number of bodies in camp with the big league club.
Among the eight players sent back to Minor League camp was left-hander Drew Pomeranz. The big lefty -- selected in the first round of last year's First-Year Player Draft -- made a strong impression on the Indians during his first big league Spring Training.
"It was encouraging to see his demeanor on the mound and the way he carried himself," said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. "He certainly wasn't intimidated by Major League hitters. I think we saw that his fastball clearly plays."
Pomeranz, 22, will likely open the season with Class A Kinston, according to Antonetti. In two Cactus League appearances, Pomeranz allowed no runs and no hits in three innings, striking out five and walked one.
Cleveland also optioned infielder Jared Goedert and right-handers Corey Kluber and Hector Rondon to Triple-A Columbus. Lefties Kelvin De La Cruz and Nick Hagadone were optioned to Double-A Akron. Righty Bryce Stowell and catcher Chun Chen were re-assigned to Minor League camp.