Indians send eight to Minor League camp

Indians send eight to Minor League camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The cuts keep coming in Indians camp.

On Tuesday morning, eight more players were moved out of the Major League side of the Player Development Complex. Right-handed reliever Jess Todd was optioned to Triple-A Columbus, while left-hander Mike Gosling, right-handers Frank Hermann, Josh Judy and Yohan Pino, catcher Damaso Espino, infielder Brian Bixler and outfielder Shelley Duncan were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Although the Indians have had a rash of cuts in the past week, none of the players were considered favorites to win a job on the Major League club. The more intriguing decisions will be made over the next two weeks, as the Indians prepare to break camp and head to Chicago for Opening Day.

Of those cut on Tuesday, only Duncan was viewed as a candidate for a spot on the Opening Day roster. He had hoped to compete for a spot on the Tribe bench, helping out in the corner outfield positions and at first base. But an elbow issue prevented him from getting in any Cactus League games from March 8-17, and that significantly hampered his chances.

Todd, Gosling, Hermann and Judy all have the potential to provide bullpen depth this season. Bixler had been acquired as a middle-infield utility option over the winter, but he was removed from the 40-man roster last week, when the Indians acquired Anderson Hernandez off waivers from the Mets.

There are 38 players remaining in big league camp.

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