Carlos Santana ... signed and ready for 2011.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Indians have their entire 40-man roster under contract for 2011. They signed Carlos Santana, Josh Tomlin and Jeanmar Gomez on Friday to one-year contracts. The team also sent eight players to the minors: left-handers Drew Pomeranz, Nick Hagadone and Kelvin De La Cruz, right-handers Corey Kluber, Hector Rondon and Bryce Stowell, catcher Chun Chen and infielder Jared Goedert.
Pomeranz was very impressive in two brief outings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced. He walked one and struck out five over three innings.
The left-hander was reassigned to the minor-league camp and the organization soon will make a determination on where the big guy will begin his pro career.
"Most likely (Class A) Kinston," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "There's a lot of factors involved."
That would include which pitchers are yet to be sent down to Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron.
Rondon won't be with any of those clubs for a few months. He will remain in extended spring training, rehabbing from the elbow surgery he had last summer.
Technically, Rondon was optioned to Columbus along with Kluber and Goedert. De La Cruz and Hagadone were both optioned back to Akron. Pomeranz, Stowell and Chun were not yet optioned and will be placed with a team soon.
Goedert came to camp in the mix of players trying to win the third-base job in Cleveland. He strained his right oblique in the second spring game and has not played since.
Stowell worked only one inning in a competitive game and had difficulty controlling his sharp slider. He allowed only one hit, but walked two and gave up two runs. The Indians still like his stuff coming out of the bullpen and don't be surprised if he is among relievers getting a callup late in the season.
Hagadone and De La Cruz are both two years removed from surgeries. Each has yet to regain full arm strength and smooth out their deliveries to the point where they are pitching at the level they did before getting hurt. This is a key season for each hard-throwing lefty. Both are highly regarded, but must begin to show they are capable of being consistent.
As for the three major-league signings, Santana was the key. The second-year switch-hitter is penciled in as the cleanup hitter in Cleveland's lineup by manager Manny Acta.
Santana appears fully recovered from the torn ligament in his left knee that required surgery in August. As a precaution, Acta intends to play the young slugger at first base on occasion in order to give Santana's legs a rest.
Gomez and Tomlin are among pitchers trying to secure a spot in the Tribe's startng rotation.
Tomlin has done well in two outings, compiling a 1.80 ERA over five innings. He has not walked a batter and displayed a good breaking ball. Gomez has a 4.91 ERA in three outings covering 7 1-3 innings.