WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -The Cleveland Indians optioned outfielder Ben Francisco to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, giving infielder Andy Marte the final spot on their 25-man roster.
The Indians still have one more move to make before opening the season Monday in Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox. They are expected to place outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, recovering from surgery on his left elbow in September, on the disabled list.
The demotion of Francisco was expected since he had an option remaining and Marte did not, but it came as a disappointment to the 26-year-old, who had an outstanding spring camp. If the Indians had tried to send Marte down, another team could have claimed him off waivers.
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