In a move that was not overly surprising, the Indians designated OF Carlos Gonzalez for assignment, essentially cutting ties with him. In a corresponding move, the Indians are bringing up C Eric Haase.
Gonzalez was signed in the off-season and given an opportunity to play a little in the outfield and a little at DH. It was a low-risk move which potentially would have a high reward. Unfortunately, after batting .210 with two home runs in 105 at-bats it was clear that the three-time All-Star was not close to his former self. Additionally, with the emergence of outfielders like Oscar Mercado and Jordan Luplow, it was important for the Indians to get them more at-bats.
The move to bring up Haase was made necessary because Indians starting catcher Roberto Perez was hurt in last night’s game and was pulled in the fourth inning. The good news for Perez is that his injury does not warrant a trip to the injured list, however, he will be given a few days off to fully recover. Haase was a player called up last September and in 16 at-bats he recorded two hits. He has been playing well at in AAA in the last couple years as he has hit 32 home runs in 152 games. Once Perez is totally cleared to play I would expect to see Haase sent back down to AAA.
While this is not the ending Gonzalez or Indians fans were hoping for, it is the reality of sports.