The Indians announced earlier this morning that they’ve activated four players off the 60-day disabled list. The team’s roster now stands at 36 men at the start of the free agency period.
The four players were: lefty pitcher Scott Barnes, righty reliever Frank Herrmann, catcher Lou Marson and infielder Cord Phelps.
Barnes, 26, appeared in six games for Cleveland and 23 games for Triple-A Columbus before being shut down in early July with a sprained left wrist. He was not doing well in either place in 2013, posting plus-7.50 ERAs as a reliever.
Herrmann, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery in early March and missed the entire season. He has 95 career relief appearances for the Indians. He had been contemplating his career options before surgery, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.
Marson, 27, was firmly supplanted by Yan Gomes as the Indians backup catcher of choice this season. The former Phillies farmhand totaled just 29 plate appearances in Cleveland, Columbus and Double-A Akron and then was pulled from rehab in mid-June.
Phelps, 26, is a former third-rounder who has struggled in several stints in the majors. He batted .267/.333/.443 in 65 games for the Clippers before hurting his right wrist in early July and eventually being transferred to the 60-day.
All four players are potential backup options for the Indians should they be unable to acquire additional relievers or infielders. The team is expected to have yet another busy offseason, with a decision looming for Ubaldo Jimenez and other long-term considerations at stake.