Elliot Johnson and Vinnie Pestano both make Indians 25-man roster

A good day for Elliot and Vinnie.

The Indians have made a number of decisions about the roster today. Earlier this morning Jeff Francoeur was among those released by the team, but now we're getting word (via beat writers, including MLB.com's Jordan Bastian) on which guys in camp are likely to not just stick in the system, but actually make the Opening Day 25-man roster.

Utility man Elliot Johnson is among those who will be in uniform. He's been the guy I've wanted as the 25th man for a week or so now. He can play just about everywhere (2B, 3B, SS, OF) and has hit well this spring (.350/.381/.650). His versatility plays into Francona's preference and ability to mix and match the lineup, go after the platoon advantage, etc. David Adams has been let go in order to make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster (Adams has already landed with the Orioles).

Vinnie Pestano has also made the team. He was the Tribe's best reliever in 2012, but suffered an elbow injury before the 2013 season, and never really got things back together. He has thrown fairly well in Cactus League games (1 run in 6 innings, with 5 strikeouts against 2 walks) and impressed coaches in his bullpen sessions as well. He's likely to work mostly in the 6th or 7th inning for now, but could work his way back into the setup role.

Matt Carson will be sent to Triple-A Columbus. Matt Treanor will also be there, though he'll begin the year on the minor-league DL.

Other roster decisions should be made in the next couple days. Nyjer Morgan is yet to learn his fate, and Lonnie Chisenhall is also still expecting to hear more from the team about his role. The final spot in the rotation is also still up in the air. That decision could be made tomorrow after a coaching-staff meeting, or be delayed another day or two until all of the candidates have thrown once more.

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