By TOM WITHERS AP Sports activities Author
CLEVELAND (AP) — Logan Allen earned a spot on Cleveland’s opening day roster, however the left-hander’s actual position continues to be not fairly finalized.
President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti mentioned Sunday that Allen, Triston McKenzie and Cal Quantrill all made the membership’s roster, with their spots all however assured when the Indians traded right-hander Adam Plutko to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Antonetti mentioned Allen, who got here to Arizona in nice bodily form, will pitch within the Indians’ fourth recreation — the house opener on April 5 — however the workforce continues to be working via how he’ll be used.
“We may think about using an opener after which have Logan are available behind him, or simply have Logan begin the sport,” Antonetti mentioned.
Cy Younger Award winner Shane Bieber will pitch the season opener on Thursday adopted by Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale.
The Indians have three days off within the season’s first week, so their pitching plans are nonetheless fluid.
Allen, who got here to the Indians as a part of a three-team commerce in 2019, was maybe the membership’s finest pitcher in Arizona. The 23-year-old allowed only one run with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings throughout Cactus League play. He pitched 5 scoreless innings in his remaining begin on Friday.
“He’s been one of many highlights of camp for us,” Antonetti mentioned. “And that actually began with the work he put within the offseason, each on his physique, the work he put in with our coaches and workers out right here in Arizona to place himself to have spring coaching.
“He confirmed up with a fantastic mindset and was able to go and has been arguably certainly one of our most constant guys all through the course of the spring. We’re excited that he’s earned that chance to proceed that through the common season and are wanting ahead to seeing him proceed to contribute.”
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