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Indians Roster Moves: OF Venable and LHP Thatcher Both Ask for And Granted Releases

The Indians today announced a couple of moves, as the team enters its final week of spring training before heading home for next Monday’s opener at Progressive Field against the Boston Red Sox.

The team told outfielder Will Venable that he would not be making the teams’ opening day roster, and upon that the veteran asked for and got his release.

Venable was inked by the Indians on February 26th, and in 13 games (30 at bats) this spring hit just .133 with no homers and four RBI. He walked six times, struck out eight and stole two bases.

He started 2015 in San Diego, where in 98 games he hit .258 with six homers, 30 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He was moved to Texas on August 18th, and in 37 games with the Rangers hit .182 with 3 runs batted in and five stolen bases.

Lefty pitcher Joe Thatcher, who was informed on Friday he would not make the clubs’ opening day roster, also asked for and was given his release from the team.

In seven games this spring, Thatcher was 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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