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Indians Spring Training 2012: Tribe Making Roster Cuts In Preparation, Russ Canzler Among Them

As Opening Day approaches (for most of the MLB, sans Athletics and Mariners), teams are making cuts and optioning players left and right to set their roster and lineups. For the Indians, a flurry of moves went down over the last 2 hours. According to CBS Cleveland, pitchers Chris Seddon and Nick Hagadone have both been sent to the minors. Hagadone is significant in particular, as he was in the mix to battle for a spot in the bullpen.

Also of particular note was Russ Canzler, who can play the infield and the outfield. As the piece from CBS Cleveland notes, Canzler did a lot and some thought he might make the roster. That being said, there's always some casualties during these cuts, and he can always prove his stuff during the season and see some action.

Other moves include catcher Luke Carlin, infielder Andy LaRoche, and pitchers Chris Ray, Chris Seddon and Robinson Tejada re-assigned to Minors camp. That's a lot of pichers cut, and there's likely more to come. As Jordan Bastian notes on Twitter, there's still a bullpen spot available, with Jairo Asencio, Frank Hermann and Jeremy Accardo in the mix for that job.

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