GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians reduced their spring roster by five players on Sunday morning, announcing that they optioned outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, infielder Juan Diaz and right-hander Corey Kluber to Triple-A Columbus. They also re-assigned righty Hector Ambriz and catcher Michel Hernandez to Minor League camp.
There are currently 49 players remaining in Major League spring training camp (32 on the 40-man roster, 17 non-roster invitees).
"Hector Ambriz ... we just wanted to see how healthy he was after the [Oct. 2010 reconstructive elbow] surgery [and subsequent season on the sidelines], and he threw the ball well in camp," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Ezequiel, he's got to continue to work on his game, and we want to make sure he gets enough at-bats before the Minor League season starts. With Corey Kluber, we were running out of innings, and he needs to go down there and continue to get stretched out to go to Triple-A."
Acta also saw promise in Diaz, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound 23-year-old the Indians acquired, along with Carrera, in the Russell Branyan trade with the Seattle Mariners in 2010.
"Very good defensively," Acta said. "His actions are good, and he shows good range for a guy of his size. Obviously he's got a plus arm from short. He's got some work to do offensively, and we know that, and that was the message to him -- to go down there and continue to work on the consistency of his swing, because we are not very deep right now at that position, so he's got a legit opportunity here down the road."