Cleveland Indians Activate Lou Marson, Option Yan Gomes to Columbus

Dan DiLoretoContributor IApril 24, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 06: Catcher Lou Marson #6 of the Cleveland Indians applies the tag to Matt Joyce #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays as he attempted to score on a first inning fly ball during the game at Tropicana Field on April 6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians activated catcher Lou Marson from the 15-day disabled list earlier this morning (h/t Waiting For Next Year). Marson landed on the DL during the first week of the season after a nasty collision in Tampa Bay with the Rays' Desmond Jennings. The cervical neck strain he sustained was bad enough to put Marson on the DL for the first time in his career and make the Indians call up Yan Gomes from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Now that Marson is coming back to club, room had to be made on the 25-man roster. Gomes was the unfortunate victim, getting optioned back to the Clippers.

The bright side of this is the Indians are getting a veteran catcher back in Marson. Also, Gomes will have the opportunity to be the everyday catcher for the Clippers, and that is something manager Terry Francona believes is very important.

Even though Gomes was only batting .211 (4-for-19) during his time with the Indians, he was showing signs of improvement. The power he showed against the Houston Astros—hitting a home run and a triple—was a glimpse at the future for the Indians. Also, he showed the strength of his arm by throwing out both would-be base stealers during his stint with the team.

Unfortunately, while Marson is around this season, the Indians won’t be seeing much of Gomes.

Unless Marson continues to bat like himself.

If that happens, the Indians would be smart to have Gomes stay in Cleveland indefinitely.