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Indians put Gomes on paternity leave, DFA Johnson, call up two

Indians put Gomes on paternity leave, DFA Johnson, call up two
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May 3, 2014
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CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster: 

Placed C YAN GOMES on the Paternity List. 

Purchased the contract of C GEORGE KOTTARAS (#53) from AAA Columbus 

Recalled LHP NICK HAGADONE (#50) from AAA Columbus. 

Designated INF ELLIOT JOHNSON for assignment. 

Gomes left the team last night to be with his wife, Jennifer, who is expecting the couple’s first child. He is hitting .261 (23-88) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 26 games for the season. The maximum stay on the Paternity List is 3 days. 

Kottaras (coh-TERRIS), 30, signed with Cleveland on April 3 as a Minor League free agent after spending spring training with the Chicago Cubs, who acquired the Toronto native from Kansas City in November.  He was assigned to the AAA Columbus Clippers upon signing with the Indians and has appeared in 9 games thus far (2-25, .080). 

Hagadone, 28, has spent the entire season at Columbus, going 1-2 w/a save and a 3.97 ERA in 10 relief appearances (11.1IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 13 K).  Over his last seven outings he owns an ERA of 1.17 (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 11 K) for the Clippers and he has limited left-handed Triple-A batters to a .222 (4-18, all singles) average against.

User Comments

May 5, 2014 - 8:46 AM EDT
Kottaras is a proven MLB backup catcher that despite his low batting average (a stat that is nearly as bad as wins for a pitcher) walks a ton and has some power. Also a solid defensive catcher. An asset to the team. Obviously won't be putting up many days like he had yesterday but still.

Career numbers before yesterday included a .324 OBP, .322 wOBA, and 98 wRC+. Nothing to write home about but solid for a catcher. Consider too Brantley's career numbers are .330 OBP, .314 wOBA, and 99 wRC+....Kottaras's bat is essentially Brantley's.
May 3, 2014 - 11:49 PM EDT
Hagadone or Lee will probably go back to Columbus once Tomlin is called up.
May 3, 2014 - 9:45 PM EDT
Really not sure what the problem is. Gomes comes back from paternity on Tuesday and Kotteras goes DFA then. Seems pretty straightforward to me and a practical way to get a 3 day reserve catcher. Tomlin is brought up to pitch on Tuesday as well and Hagadone goes back down. Not like this is real difficult and the team is unlikely to miss Johnson or Kottaras.

Don't know about everyone else but Perez has more than a month of AAA hitting at a decent clip to prove that he has the goods to play ML baseball and warrant a spot on the 40 IMO.
MT88 in WI
May 3, 2014 - 6:58 PM EDT
I'm ok with the call up of GK. It will be easier to send him off the roster when Yan returns and if George departs the organization, it frees a 40 man spot. Rather keep Perez in the organization.

Nice to hear that it's Tomln getting the start on Tuesday nite but it means a pair of moves to be made on Tuesday..
May 3, 2014 - 6:05 PM EDT
And then there is Hagadone.

One can only wonder if we actually want to win.
May 3, 2014 - 5:15 PM EDT
Roberto Perez is having a break out campaign at AAA and the hitting poor Indians decide to take a guy who can't hit his way out of a paper sack (2 hits in 25 at bats/BA of 0.080, with 11 K's), instead. Great, now the Indians can keep Koattaras on their roster for three days and HOPE he never sees the field.. They could have taken a chance with Perez, but, alas.. no opportunity for him..

I can't agree with this decision..and understand the ramifications of Kottarras's contract situation, as if that really matters.. smh...

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