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Indians claim Ezequiel Carrera, DFA Mike McDade

Cleveland re-claimed the outfielder back from the Phillies, only to DFA him three days later.

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UPDATE: Well, that didn't last long. The Indians have designated Ezequiel Carrera for assignment for the second time this year, just three days after re-claiming him on waivers.

The 25-year-old appeared in two games for the Tribe over the weekend, notching two hits in four plate appearances.

Carrera was DFA-ed to make room on the roster for left-hander Scott Barnes, the team has announced. The southpaw will likely set up shop in the bullpen until Michael Bourn is activated from the DL later this week.


ORIGINAL: The Cleveland Indians have re-claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera back from the Philadelphia Phillies and designated Triple-A first baseman Mike McDade for assignment to make room on the roster, the team has announced.

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Carrera began the spring as a member of the Tribe, but was sent to the waiver wire in the last week of March, where he was claimed by the Phillies on April 2. Once in Philadelphia, Carrera settled temporarily into the fourth outfielder role, appearing in 13 games but notching just one hit in 16 plate appearances.

The 25-year-old was essentially an outfield stopgap for Philly, taking up a roster spot until Delmon Young returned from the disabled list earlier this week.

Now that he's back in Cleveland, Carrera will likely return to the reserve outfielder role that he held with the club for the last two years (at least until Michael Bourn gets back). Capable of fielding all three outfield spots, the lefty-swinging Venezuelan batted .255/.306/.347 with two home runs in 384 plate appearances over 116 games with the Tribe in 2011 and 2012.

McDade, 23, was claimed off of waivers from the Blue Jays over the winter and opened the year at the club's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. The switch-hitter put together a strong spring, but was batting just .230/.313/.284 with no home runs in his first 83 plate appearances on the season.


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