Marson back on DL, Gomes Up
Indians' backup catcher Lou Marson was placed back on the Disabled List just four days after being activated from the DL. This time around, Marson is suffering from right shoulder inflammation. Previously, he had a cervical neck strain earlier in April. In his place, catcher Yan Gomes will be recalled.
Marson has been dealing with shoulder pain since Spring Training, reports the Cleveland Plains Dealer. He has made just five plate appearances this season, walking twice. Marson is in his fourth year as the Indians' bench catcher. Over 261 career games, he has hit just .219/.309/.299, but has provided good defense behind the dish.
Gomes has never been a top prospect, but had a wonderful season in Triple-A for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and earned some playing time in the majors. He has a little pop with a career high of 14 home runs coming in 2011, but has failed to impress in the big leagues.
Neither Marson nor Gomes were likely to receive tons of playing time regardless. The Indians have one of the best catchers in the league in Carlos Santana. With Nick Swisher, Jason Giambi, and Mark Reynolds all at first base and designated hitter, it hasn't been as easy to keep Santana's bat in the lineup by moving him to one of those slots. Thus, he will continue to receive the vast majority of time at catcher.
Scott Barnes optioned
The Indians also moved left handed pitcher Scott Barnes back to Triple-A. He was called up for the team's doubleheader Sunday against the Royals.
The move brought the Indians roster back down to 25 men, according to the Indians official twitter handle.
Barnes did get the chance to pitch in the first game of the day, pitching the final inning of an 9-0 loss. Barnes gave up two runs on an Alex Gordon homer. Barnes pitched 16 mediocre games for Cleveland in 2012 but otherwise has spent a six year career in the minors.