It became official Thursday morning: Trevor Bauer will not leave camp as the owner of a job in the Indians’ rotation.

That isn’t a surprise, even if Bauer is the most touted pitching prospect in the Cleveland organization since Drew Pomeranz. Even before the outset of spring training, Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti seemed to be leaning toward giving Bauer more time to develop at Triple-A Columbus.

The broad hints thrown around by the Indians’ deep thinkers came to fruition 10 days before the end of spring training. Bauer joined left-handed reliever Scott Barnes and right-handed starter Corey Kluber in being optioned to Triple-A. Nonroster invitee Giovanni Soto, another lefty, was reassigned to the minor-league camp.

Moreover, manager Terry Francona announced that right-hander Jerry Gil, another nonroster invitee, was told that he would begin the season in Triple-A but was staying in big-league camp.

“Right now, Scott Kazmir and Carlos Carrasco are fighting for the last spot,” Francona said. “We have them ahead of those guys [Bauer, Kluber].”

Including players who will not be ready for the start the season because of injuries, those sent back to the minor-league camp and those who haven’t officially been returned to the minors but have been told that Columbus is their eventual destination, 33 players, eight over the active roster limit, remain in major-league camp.

Bauer seemed unfazed by the news he was going back to the minors.

“The season starts in a couple of weeks, so wherever I am, on whatever day, I’m just getting ready for the season.”

Wasn’t he disappointed not to win a roster spot?

“You can imagine what you want,” he said. “I’m trying to get better and get ready for the season. That’s all I can control.