Recalled C/IF Yan Gomes from Columbus (AAA)
Purchased the Contract of C Omir Santos; Recalled him from Columbus (AAA)
Placed C Lou Marson on the 15-Day Disabled List (cervical neck strain)
Designated RHP Robert Whitenack for Assignment
Up until the beginning of April, the Indians were largely healthy. Frank Herrmann was lost for the season with Tommy John surgery, and Chris Perez missed a large portion of Spring Training with a shoulder injury, but otherwise this club went into the regular season at full strength.
Then Scott Kazmir strained a rib cage muscle on the day before the season began, and it's all gone downhill from there.We've seen how Kazmir's injury has affected not only the pitching staff but the rest of the roster, and now with both Santana and Marson suffering injuries, the Indians had to make another complicated series of moves.
Luckily Santana did not suffer any broken bones in his left hand, so he will not go on the DL. But even so, he's going to be out of the lineup at least a couple of games, and Lou Marson shouldn't be playing either. So the Indians yesterday called up not only one but two catchers to the major league roster.
Yan Gomes will be the one that gets most of the playing time while Santana is out. He came with Mike Aviles to the Indians for Esmil Rogers last winter, and is the logical next backup for this team. Lou Marson is quickly going to become expensive, and Gomes can not only be a backup catcher, he can play the corner infield positions as well, which is a desirable combination for today's small AL benches. The first Brazilian native to play in the majors, Gomes moved to the US as a child and attended the University of Tennessee before being drafted by Toronto in 2009. I don't know if he'll ever become a starter, but there's a very good chance he'll have a long career as a backup given his positional flexibility.
Santos will might actually stay on the roster longer than Gomes, as I think the Indians would rather have Gomes playing every day in Columbus right now than sitting on the bench in Cleveland. Santos has now played for four major-league clubs, including serving as the Mets' backup catcher all of 2009. He's pretty much the definition of a veteran AAA catcher; he's spent parts of 13 seasons in the minors, and has played at the AAA level each of the last six seasons. Last year he split his season between Colorado Springs and Toledo, and briefly appeared with the Tigers. When Lou Marson is back from the DL, he'll likely be DFAd, should clear waivers, and will go back to AAA.
The Indians had to designate recent acquisition Robert Whitenack for assignment to make room for Santos on the roster. Whitenack didn't pitch a game for Akron, but the Indians are hoping that he'll clear waivers so that he'll continue to stay in the organization.
For those that are interested, Roberto Perez was promoted from Akron to Columbus to help patch the catching holes on the Clipper roster.
So here's the latest roster:
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