The Indians lost center fielder Abraham Almonte for the first 80 games of the season after Almonte tested positive for Boldenone. The loss leaves the Indians very short handed in the outfield department.
For Cleveland, the loss of Almonte for half of the regular season further thins out what was already a questionable outfield picture. The Indians did reportedly bring veteran outfielder Will Venable into camp on a minor league deal today, but the team’s outfield depth chart is still perilously thin. Michael Brantley figures to begin the season on the disabled list, leaving the Indians with Rajai Davis, Collin Cowgill and Lonnie Chisenhall as its primary options on the 40-man roster (plus Venable as a non-roster invitee).
Almonte batted .250/.310/.409/.719 with 5 homeruns in 82 games between the Indians and Padres last season.