Rick Porcello headlines the list of players reassigned to minor league camp today, being optioned to Lakeland. One report has him starting the season there, which makes sense. Looking back, most players on the 40-man roster start the season where they are optioned in Spring Training.
Other 40-man options include Macay McBride and Armando Galarraga, both guys who were unlikely to make the team. Spare catchers Joe Bowen, James Skelton, and Dusty Ryan were also sent to minor league camp. These players were also unlikely to make the team, and will help in the minor league camp.
Invitees Jeff Larish, Jeff Gerbe, Clete Thomas, Matt Joyce, Wilkin Ramirez, and Danny Worth were all sent down. The only mildly surprising player was Jeff Larish, who has been rumored to be in the running for a Major League job should injuries strike Carlos Guillen and Gary Sheffield. Larish, though, didn't seem to make a great impression this spring.
Non-roster invitees still remaining include Francis Beltran, Freddy Dolsi, Chris Lambert, Preston Larrison, Aquilino Lopez, Dane Sardinha, Nick Trzesniak, Max St. Pierre, Scott Sizemore, Timo Perez and Michael Hollimon.
I've always felt the word cut is overused in Spring Training. The players sent down today have been re-assigned and will be in the minor leagues with a chance at making the big leagues. The real cuts happen in the minor leagues, when players leave the organization, taking with them their dreams of being a professional ball player. The players cut today still have their jobs, livelihood, and future. The true cuts are a devastating time for several young men.