Cleveland has been with out their beginning catcher since Could fifth when a fracture of his ring finger despatched Perez to the injured checklist. Whereas Perez doesn’t produce a lot on the plate, he’s nonetheless been thought-about a core piece of the Indians’ roster for the best way he handles the pitching workers. He has gained a Gold Glove Award in every of the previous two seasons. On the plate, he was hitting .131/.274/.295 over 73 plate appearances to begin the 12 months.
The veteran Rivera appeared in 21 video games as protection for Perez’s absence, slashing .236/.300/.400 in 63 plate appearances. The well-traveled veteran might be claimed by one of many different 29 groups, and if not, he’ll seemingly have the chance to just accept an project to Triple-A or elect free company.
Austin Hedges is firmly entrenched as the opposite piece of the Indians’ catching tandem, so Rivera isn’t prone to see the roster once more in Cleveland except there’s one other harm. That stated, Hedges has struggled on the plate as nicely, placing up a paltry .159/.213/.262 line throughout 139 journeys.