The Cleveland Indians have announced that reliever Joba Chamberlain has made the Opening Day roster. According to Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian, reliever Tom Gorzelanny was informed that he has not made the team, leaving the only lefty reliever options as Ross Detwiler and Kyle Crockett. Giovanny Urshela, Joey Butler, Austin Adams, Erik Gonzalez have also been optioned to Triple-A while Adam Moore has been re-assigned to Minor League camp.
Chamberlain was brought on as one of many relievers signed a minor-league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training. Last season he split time between AL Central rivals Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers where he carried a 4.88 ERA in 27.2 total innings. So far in spring training for the Indians, Chamberlain has struck out seven batters while issuing five walks and allowing three runs over 8.0 innings of work.
As for the other roster moves, Giovanny Urshela has been one of the best hitters for the Tribe this spring, but veteran third baseman Juan Uribe was brought on to replace him in the hot corner. Urshela will get more time and repetitions in Columbus to work on his offense after struggling last season in the majors. Last season Urshela slashed .225/.279/.330 while battling through a shoulder injury. Joey Butler no longer has a spot on the roster with the emergence of Tyler Naquin and the recent signing of 38-year-old Marlon Byrd.
The Indians roster count now sits at 39 and will need to be trimmed down to 25 by the time Opening Day rolls around on April 4.