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.
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.