Guardians option Bryan Rocchio, others to Triple-A Columbus

Sep 14, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA;  Columbus Clippers shortstop Brayan Rocchio (1) snags a ball behind the diving Columbus Clippers third baseman David Fry (17) during the Minor Leage Baseball game against the Omaha Storm Chasers at Huntington Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

The whittling down of the options for the Guardians 2023 Opening Day roster has already begun.

On Tuesday, the Guardians optioned a group of five infielders to Triple-A Columbus, including Brayan Rocchio, Jose Tena, Angel Martinez, Juan Brito and Jhonkensy Noel (who is also seeing time in the outfield). It is, in itself, a representation of the log jam of highly-thought-of infielder prospects the Guardians have, particularly in the upper levels of the minor leagues.

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With Jose Ramirez, Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario locked in as starters, plus Gabriel Arias and Tyler Freeman as utility infielder candidates, Tuesday’s moves were of no surprise. But that is a group to keep an eye on, possibly for 2023 but certainly for 2024. The Guardians’ future at shortstop is one of the few unknowns when looking ahead to next spring, as Rosario is eligible to be a free agent at the end of this season.

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