Gomes recalled, Marson placed on DL
On Tuesday afternoon the Indians announced that catcher Yan Gomes has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus and that catcher Lou Marson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical neck strain.
Gomes, 25, is hitting .286 with 2 RBI and a .804 OPS in four games with Triple-A Columbus. He will be making his debut with the Indians, though has some previous Major League experience having played in 43 games and accruing 111 plate appearances last season with Toronto, hitting .204 with 4 homers, 13 RBI, and .631 OPS. He hit .407 (11-27) this spring with 5 2B, 1HR and 7RBI in 15 games. He is in the starting lineup tonight as the catcher and is batting ninth.
Marson, 26, was injured in a collision at home plate on Saturday night in Tampa Bay and since that game has been limited to one-inning of emergency duty yesterday when catcher Carlos Santana injured his thumb in the ninth inning.
The Indians also announced that they have purchases the contract of catcher Omir Santos and added him to the 40-man roster. He was a non-roster invitee to Major League camp and appeared in 17 games this spring hitting .375 (9-24) with 4 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI. He has appeared in two games for Columbus and is 0-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Santos, the Indians will make a move with regard to the 40-man roster before the game. Since he is also being added to the 25-man roster, the Indians will not be activating designated hitter/first baseman Jason Giambi from the disabled list. As to the 40-man move the Indians may make, the most likely option would be to designate the recently claimed Robert Whitenack for assignment or to place Chen-Chang Lee on the 60-day disabled list.
The callups of both Gomes and Santos from Columbus is in response to the Indians having both Marson and Santana dinged up the last few days. They need catching help since Santana might not be available behind the plate for a few days, and Marson was also unavailable.
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