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Indians acquire Chris Wallace from Astros

The Indians have acquired C Chris Wallace from the Astros in exchange for minor league LHP Eric Berger.


The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Chris Wallace from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league left-hander Eric Berger, according to Jordan Bastian of

Bastian notes that the acquisition of Wallace adds much-needed catching depth to the Indians' injury-plagued corps of backstops. Wallace will join Cleveland's Double-A affiliate.

The Indians recently placed backup catcher Lou Marson on the disabled list after he sustained a neck strain during a home-plate collision with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings. Soon after this injury, starting backstop Carlos Santana hurt his left hand when it was hit by an errant pitch by closer Chris Perez.

Cleveland replaced Marson with Yan Gomes, and they also recalled Omir Santos from Triple-A in order to allow Santana to rest his injured hand. This depleted the team's minor league depth, and to make matters worse Double-A catcher Alex Lavisky hit the DL with a broken toe.

Wallace -- 24 -- owns a career batting line of .272/.348/.464 over parts of four seasons in the minors. The 26-year-old Berger owns a career ERA of 3.91 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.07 over six seasons in the minors.


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