James Ramsey has been optioned to Triple-A, the Cleveland Indians announced via Twitter on Friday. The Tribe also announced that outfielder Michael Choice, catcher Jeremy Lucas, shortstop Eric Stamets, and catcher Anthony Recker have all been re-assigned to minor league camp.
Ramsey, 26, was once thought to have a future as a major league outfielder, but he will start his third straight season playing for the Columbus Clippers; he has yet to tally an at-bat at the major league level.
The Indians' outfield situation is crowded, but wide open. However, it has been another potential rookie, Tyler Naquin, who has stolen the show in spring training so far, making it difficult for Ramsey to gain any traction. When the Indians added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor-league contract yesterday it made Ramsey even more expendable.
The other roster cuts are not surprising. Recker and Lucas did not have a chance of making the team with incumbents Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez holding the top two catching spots in the organization. Although, Jeremy Lucas did made a bit of a name for himself earlier in spring training when he beat out the rest of the Indians players in an endurance test.
The Indians roster now sits at 48 with more roster cuts coming soon as they try to trim it down to 25 by Opening Day on April 4.