Should Hunter Wood Still Be Considered a Lock to Make the Indians’ Opening Day Bullpen?

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We’re reaching the point in spring training where opening day roster projections, for the most part, become pretty consistent. With just a couple weeks to go before the season begins, we’re mostly clear on who’ll open the year in the bigs and who’ll need additional seasoning in the minors.

When it comes to the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen, projections have been relatively unchanged throughout the spring. Obviously, Emmanuel Clase’s back injury shifted things a bit. Outside of that, most projections view Brad Hand, Adam Cimber, Nick Wittgren, Oliver Perez, James Karinchak, James Hoyt and Hunter Wood as safe bets when it comes to who makes up Cleveland’s relief corps.

Wood’s name remains a fixture despite what’s been a rocky spring. He has no minor league options remaining, context which helps clarify why his spot appears to be safe.

Should it be, though?

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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