Leo: What’s the Hold Up?
Many have asked if the Clippers roster is complete, the answer is “sort of”…
The Cleveland Indians will be making room on the 40-man roster for RHP Dan Wheeler and INF Jose Lopez, which could have an impact on the Clippers roster. That is the final piece of the puzzle. The official Columbus roster will be released Wednesday or Thursday, so we’ll wait until then to give you a full report. The Triple-A roster limit expanded from 24 to 25 this season, which is proving to be helpful in determining destinations within a jam-packed depth chart.
For more on the Clippers roster, check out beat writer Jim Massie’s blog: Minor Happenings
The Dispatch also takes a look at the fun stuff going on at Huntington Park this season in this Season Preview.
Indians Prospect Insider has a preview of the 2012 Clippers as well.
RHP Zach McAllister is slated to take the mound on Opening Night, facing Louisville LHP Jeff Francis. The gates open at 5:00pm with beverage specials, National Championship hats for the first 3,000 fans, an appearance by “Unspeakable Joy” a “live statue” of a bronze baseball player, and a pre-game Championship Ring Ceremony.
Meanwhile, lefty Scott Barnes made his final pre-season appearance during the Indians exhibition game against the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday. He allowed four earned runs from five hits over four innings pitching for Carolina. The Tribe won the game 13-0. Barnes is scheduled to make his season debut on Easter Sunday at Huntington Park.
Don’t forget, The “Welcome Home Champions” Party is a free event at the LC Pavilion (right nedxt to Huntington Park) on Wednesday from 5pm-8pm. The team will be introduced at 6:15pm, with games and activities for kids, autograph sessions, and a voucher for a FREE slice of Boston’s pizza or a hot dog, plus snacks!
Check back because I’ll have more before the first pitch is thrown!