TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels optioned infielder Andrew Romine to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, narrowing their list of potential candidates for the final bench spot to open the season.
Romine was in the mix to be on the big league roster in April, with manager Mike Scioscia likely to go with 14 position players until he needs a fifth starter on April 15. That list is down to corner infielder Jorge Cantu, outfielder Ryan Langerhans and the versatile Alexi Amarista -- unless the Angels go the unlikely route and carry three catchers.
Romine, who's primarily a shortstop but also has experience at third and second base, hit .190 (4-for-21) in 12 Cactus League games this spring. The 26-year-old switch-hitter has played 15 games with the Angels the last two years and hit .281 with four homers and 23 stolen bases in 103 games for the Salt Lake Bees last year.
"It's a not huge surprise," Romine said of being sent down. "Maicer Izturis is healthy, and they have [Kendrys] Morales and [Mark] Trumbo and [Albert] Pujols obviously in the infield, so we've got a lot of infielders that are back. I guess I'm just kind of ready to get down there, get some more at-bats and get ready for the season, and hopefully do what I can to get called back up here."
The Angels' spring roster, which began with 61 players, is down to 37.