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N&N: Indians release initial 55-man roster

Morning news and notes for Monday, June 29, 2020

Cleveland Indians Workout Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Here’s to a week with more good than bad!

Tribe News

Indians announce player pool; 5 spots open |

No major surprises. From Mandy Bell:

Teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Sunday to submit their 60-man player pools that they will carry throughout the season. The Tribe handed in 55 names, leaving it some wiggle room to add up to five more players later. Once Cleveland reaches 60, those players cannot be replaced due to injury or illness; however, anyone placed on the 60-day injured list would not count against the total.

The 55 players in the player pool are a mixture of Major League talent and top prospects, including four catchers, 12 infielders, 11 outfielders and 28 pitchers. All of the players on the 40-man are in Cleveland’s player pool, except for Emmanuel Clase, who was suspended for the 2020 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The Tribe will have two camp sites over the next few weeks, including Progressive Field and Classic Park, the home to the Indians’ Class A affiliate in Lake County. The majority of the players competing for a spot on the 30-man roster will work out at Progressive Field, while 15 prospects like Nolan Jones, Tyler Freeman and Bobby Bradley will head to Classic Park.

Indians flash their roster trinkets, but 2020 is all about the core |

Tribe prospects hopefully have plenty of chances to impress and improve at Classic Field in Eastlake.

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