SURPRISE, Ariz.: The first cuts of spring came this morning, as the Indians sent right-handers Austin Adams, Tyler Sturdevant and catcher Chun Chen back to the minor-league camp for assignment.
All three have been sidelined the past few days with minor injuries. Both pitchers are suffering with soreness in their right shoulders, and Chen has sprainbed ankle.
The three players are among the brighter prospects in the Cleveland farm system. Adams throws in the mid to upper 90s, Sturdevant impressed manager Manny Acta early in camp, and Chen is a strong hitting prospect.
Casey Kotchman was scratched from today's lineup with tightness in his lower back.