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Indians option Bradley to Triple-A
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04/03/2004  7:36 PM ET
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Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro (right) is satisfied with the makeup of the Opening Day roster. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians made a decision on center fielder Milton Bradley on Saturday.

To make room on the 25-man Opening Day roster, the Indians optioned Bradley to Triple-A Buffalo and purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Jeff D'Amico and infielder Lou Merloni, following the Indians' 6-5 victory over the Phillies in the debut of new Citizens Bank Park.

"We completed the game healthy and that was a priority, but otherwise, our final roster decisions come as no great surprise," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said. "We're happy with what we'll go into Opening Day with."

Prior to their exhibition game against the Phillies, the Indians had 24 players on the active roster and 38 on the 40-man roster. Cleveland also reassigned right-handed pitchers Jason Bere, Luther Hackman, and Bobby Howry, catcher Dusty Wathan and infielder Chris Clapinski to minor league camp.

The Indians' roster now stands at 40. The Tribe has five players on the disabled list (left-handed pitchers Billy Traber and Brian Tallet, right-handed pitcher Bob Wickman, outfielder Ryan Ludwick and catcher Josh Bard). The Indians have just two rookies on the 25-man roster (right-handed pitcher Rafael Betancourt, and left-handed pitcher Jason Stanford). The Indians had six rookies on their 2003 Opening Day roster.

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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