Indians fine-tune roster

Indians fine-tune roster

CLEVELAND -- Matt Miller's days with the Indians are done.

The Indians cut Miller, a right-handed reliever, from their 40-man roster Monday as part of a trio of minor roster moves. Right-hander Mike Koplove and infielder Luis Rivas were both outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, with Rivas electing to pursue free agency.

The Miller move was the most interesting of the bunch, considering he was once considered a key member of the Indians bullpen. It had been expected he would be a member of the Tribe's Opening Day 'pen in '07, until he suffered a forearm strain during Spring Training. The injury wasn't expected to be serious, and some of Miller's personal items were shipped along with the rest of the club's gear to Jacobs Field at the outset of the year.

But those items remained in a hallway near the clubhouse for the entire season because Miller never set foot in the building. He rehabbed at Buffalo and ended up making just two appearances with the Indians, on the road in Cincinnati and Florida. He gave up the game-winning run at Great American Ball Park on June 10, and worked a scoreless inning against the Marlins on June 12.

Then it was back to Buffalo, where the 35-year-old Miller went 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 38 appearances this season.

Miller had been with the Indians since 2004. His best year was '05, when he went 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 23 appearances.

The veteran Koplove spent most of the '07 season at Buffalo, though he did make five relief appearances for the Tribe, giving up four runs over six innings of work.

Rivas, who was once the starting second baseman for the Twins, had been brought into the organization on a Minor League deal this year. He competed for the utility-infield job in spring camp but ended up at Buffalo, where he hit .263 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He earned a September callup and had a memorable performance in the first game of a Sept. 26 doubleheader in Seattle, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.