August 16, 2014

MLB News: Indians pull C Lou Marson from rehab assignment

The Indians today announced that C Lou Marson has been experiencing continued soreness in his throwing shoulder, and that they have pulled him from his rehab assignment with the Columbus Clippers. They did not give a timetable on his return.

Marson first went on the DL with a neck strain after a home plate collision, but experienced shoulder soreness during his throwing program.

The Indians certainly aren’t in any rush to bring Marson back. Since taking over for Marson as the Tribe’s back-up catcher, Yan Gomes has hit .271 with 6 home runs and 17 runs batted in. His .370 average in May was better than any other Indian on the roster.

Even if Gomes continues to hit and Santana stays healthy, the team could always use a healthy Marson as a trade asset. For his career, Marson is a .219 hitter with 5 home runs and 60 RBI. He has thrown out 31% of would-be base stealers.

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  • Kevin Huyghe

    #YANimal

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Hmmm, Brett Myers looks like he’s no solution to the rotation problem and he hits the 60-day DL. Lou Marson seems to have no business stealing ABs from the Yanimal and he gets pulled from his rehab assignment. My conspiracy theory warning light is going off.

  • Kildawg

    I think the new plan is to let Marson get fully healthy and use him as a possible trade chip or have him as the backup to Gomes next year when Santana transitions into part-time C/1B/mostly DH. Hopefully Reynolds is re-signed, he keeps versatility and a power RH bat.

  • woofersus

    I still doubt Marson is in the plans for next year. The combo of Swisher, Santana, Gomes, and our flexible OF means they don’t need to keep a defense-only backup catcher on the roster even if Reynolds doesn’t return. Gomes will become the “everyday” catcher, but it will really switch from 70/30 Santana to the other way around with the off guy playing at DH and Santana also getting time at 1B abut 20% of the time when Swish needs a day off or moves to RF to give an outfielder a day off. The real question is can they stow Marson in Columbus next year in case of an injury, and if not is there somebody there who can come up in a pinch.

    I’m sure they’d like to have a healthy Marson available to trade, but if he’s being taken off his rehab assignment right now, the timing becomes doubtful. (unless they’re just buying time because they don’t want to activate him)