The Cleveland Indians have optioned left-handed relief pitcher Giovanni Soto the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, the team announced via Twitter. Soto was one of the very few internal lefty reliever options for the Tribe heading into the offseason, but they have since filled out the roster will several bullpen arms.
In his first taste of the majors last season, Soto allowed three hits and no earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. He was thought to have a chance to make the roster out of spring training, but he has had a rough March so far, allowing five hits and four earned runs in just 4.2 innings. There is still no reason he could not see the big leagues at some point in 2016, but he will be getting some work in Columbus first.
With Soto now out of the picture, the remaining left-handed relievers in the Indians major league camp include Kyle Crockett, Joe Thatcher, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ross Detwiler. The Tribe's roster now sits at 52, which will need to be trimmed down to 25 before opening day on April 4.