CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes was placed on the seven-day concussion list after all, with the Indians acquiring a backup catcher in former Cleveland player Chris Gimenez on Saturday in a trade with the Rangers for future considerations.
Gimenez, who played for the Indians from 2009-10, is expected to replace Gomes on the 25-man roster today.
It appeared Gomes would be able to avoid the concussion list. Manager Terry Francona said Friday that doctors believed he sustained a mild concussion Thursday in a loss at Minnesota. Gomes, one of Cleveland’s top offensive producers, told reporters he felt much better prior to the series opener with Houston on Friday.
Roberto Perez is expected to fill in for Gomes, with Gimenez serving as the backup. Carlos Santana is available behind the plate in an emergency.
Gimenez, 31, has split this season between the minors and majors, batting .262 with 11 RBIs in 34 games for the Rangers. He was drafted by Cleveland in the 19th round in 2004 and has logged two-plus years of service time with four teams -- Cleveland, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Texas.
Outfielder Ryan Raburn (right wrist soreness) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Raburn, who signed a two-year contract extension during last season, is batting just .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 70 games.
Jason Giambi (left knee inflammation) could begin a rehab assignment soon, with the designated hitter expected to be activated when rosters expand in September. Giambi, 43, has played in only 15 games, batting .128 with two homers and five RBIs.
On Saturday, the Indians celebrated the re-opening of historic League Park, the stadium that housed Cleveland’s professional baseball team from 1891-1946 (games were played at League Park and Municipal Stadium from 1932-46). A home run derby was part of the festivities, with former Indians slugger Travis Hafner participating. Mayor Frank Jackson was in attendance, along with congressman Sherrod Brown.
Funds from the city of Cleveland’s $6.3 million restoration project were used to re-open the park in the Hough neighborhood, which was the site of Addie Joss’ perfect game for the Indians in 1908, and Babe Ruth’s 500th home run in 1929. The Cleveland Spiders’ Cy Young threw the first pitch at the park, May 1, 1891.
The plan is for the park to host little league, high school and college games, as well as a potential Indians fantasy camp.
- Over the last 11 games through Friday, Cleveland’s rotation had posted a 1.88 ERA, with the Indians going 7-4. Cleveland’s rotation entered Saturday with the fourth-lowest ERA (2.77) in the majors in August.
- The Indians have not been more than three games over .500 the entire season.