Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians have placed veteran Jason Giambi on the disabled list due to a strained right calf and reinstated starting catcher Yan Gomes, who came off the paternity list.
The 43-year-old Giambi, who is 0-for-10 on the season, exited Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox due to the calf injury in the sixth inning.
Giambi — a veteran of 20 years in the Majors — opened the season on the 15-day DL due to a fractured rib in his right side.
Despite Gomes’ return, backup catcher George Kottaras will stay with the team because Giambi’s DL trip cleared a spot on the roster.
The Indians did the best thing by not demoting Kottaras to Columbus after his historic Indians debut on May 4.
Kottaras belted home runs in his first two plate appearances as an Indian. He also caught and called all of Corey Kluber’s pitches in his history-making start against Chicago in which Kluber struck out a career-high 13 batters, including a franchise-record seven in a row.
“We’d love to keep George, but we may have to walk through this thing on a daily basis to see what fits. We can only have 25,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The 30-year-old Kottaras has spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, and has four-plus years of service time in the majors. He has been traded twice, put on waivers twice and released once.
“George is aware that we’d like to keep him, but he’s also smart enough to know that we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do,” Francona said.