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Indians claim Carrera off waivers, designate McDade

Indians claim Carrera off waivers, designate McDade
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On Thursday evening the Cleveland Indians claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from Philadelphia. To make room on the club's 40-man roster the Indians esiganted first baseman Mike McDade for assignment.

Carrera, 25, has appeared in 13 games for the Phillies this season and went 1-for-13 in limited time. He was in Major League camp with the Indians this spring (.279, 12-for-43, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 11 SB) before being designated for assignment on March 25 and claimed off waivers by Philadelphia on April 2.  He fills the spot on the active 25-man roster made when right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer was optioned to Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day.

With outfielder Michael Bourn still out mending his finger injury and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher nursing a sore shoulder, the Indians needed a temporary fill in for the outfield and Carrera fits that role nicely. Bourn is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment sometime next week and may still be at least a week from returning to the active roster, so Carrera should spend the next several days in Cleveland. Once Bourn is activated, provided there are no more injuries, Carrera will likely be designated for assignment to make room since he is out of options.

McDade, 24, played in 21 games for Triple-A Columbus and was hitting .230 with 0 homers, 7 RBI and .597 OPS. The Indians need for a short term outfield solution combined with the activation of first baseman Matt LaPorta and McDade's poor offensive showing to date led to the roster decision. The Indians have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minors. He stands a good chance of clearing waivers, and if he does would have to accept an outright assignment by the Indians.

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User Comments

May 3, 2013 - 8:38 AM EDT
There is no back story here.....McDade is just a fringe roster guy. He was always a long shot as a Major League callup because of the position he plays. Also, I had been hinting at his DFA all week. Just a poor first month and not much to like about him from a big league perspective. He's a fill in guy, but not sure why the Indians would "fill in" with him when they have Santana, Swisher and Reynolds all available to play first base. And hence, his value was severely limited. I'd be surprised if he is claimed off waivers.
May 3, 2013 - 2:33 AM EDT
Very strange the case of Mike McDade. He had a great Spring and was spoken of in the same breath as Yan Gomes in terms of potential to be called up to Cleveland to contribute later in the year. Then he goes to Columbus, and starts poorly. Did the organization perceive him to have pm/off field character/ behavior issues and that's why they let him go so quickly? Who did he piss off? Give us some back story here.

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