Indians claim Carrera off waivers, designate McDade
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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