(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The final spot in the Cleveland Indians starting rotation is down to two pitchers. Left-hander Scott Kazmir or righty Carlos Carrasco will hope to claim the fifth starter job over the final nine days of spring camp.

Thursday morning the Tribe reduced its spring roster again, this time sending RHPs Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber down to Triple-A Columbus. Bauer and Kluber were both in a competition along with Kazmir and Carrasco for the final job in the starting five.

Along with Bauer and Kluber, the Indians also optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus. The club re-assigned non-roster invitee LHP Giovanni Soto to Minor League camp.

On Thursday Indians manager Terry Francona also confirmed reliever Jerry Gil would not break camp with the big league club, but would stay in camp with the Tribe.

Trevor Bauer will start the 2013 season at Triple-A Columbus. Photo courtesy Nick Camino

Carrasco is slated to pitch in the Indians Cactus League exhibition game Thursday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. Francona did say the competition between Carrasco and Kazmir will not be a “pitch-off” and they will make their decision based on other factors.

Bauer, 22, is the Indians top pitching prospect. The right-hander is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Columbus.

- Nick Camino