The Indians appointed the receiver Ryan lavarnway for assignment and reinstated the comrade backstop Roberto Perez from the injured list, according to a club announcement. They also added righty JC Mejia as their 29th man for today’s doubles program against the Twins.
Veteran Lavarnway, 34, appeared in nine games for Cleveland and rose to 7 for 28 with a pair of walks in 30 home plate appearances. Once a fairly well-regarded prospect in the Red Sox system, Lavarnway has established himself as a consummate companion save receiver. He’s been in the Majors for 10 of the past 11 seasons – 2016 being the exception – but never made it past 46 games or 167 home plate appearances. In 486 trips to the plate at the MLB level, Lavarnway hit .217 / .272 / .345.
The Indians were Lavarnway’s eighth team in the Major League and their seventh in the past seven years. He’s had a good season with Cleveland’s top minor league branch in Columbus, hitting 0.278 / 0.339 0.583 in 166 home plate appearances. He is a career .272 / .362 / .438 hitter in 10 AAA seasons. Lavarnway will now either be placed on pure waivers or liberation waivers.
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