MLB News: Indians activate four players from 60-day DL

The Indians announced earlier this morning that they’ve activated four players off the 60-day disabled list. The team’s roster now stands at 36 men at the start of the free agency period.

The four players were: lefty pitcher Scott Barnes, righty reliever Frank Herrmann, catcher Lou Marson and infielder Cord Phelps.

Barnes, 26, appeared in six games for Cleveland and 23 games for Triple-A Columbus before being shut down in early July with a sprained left wrist. He was not doing well in either place in 2013, posting plus-7.50 ERAs as a reliever.

Herrmann, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery in early March and missed the entire season. He has 95 career relief appearances for the Indians. He had been contemplating his career options before surgery, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.

Marson, 27, was firmly supplanted by Yan Gomes as the Indians backup catcher of choice this season. The former Phillies farmhand totaled just 29 plate appearances in Cleveland, Columbus and Double-A Akron and then was pulled from rehab in mid-June.

Phelps, 26, is a former third-rounder who has struggled in several stints in the majors. He batted .267/.333/.443 in 65 games for the Clippers before hurting his right wrist in early July and eventually being transferred to the 60-day.

All four players are potential backup options for the Indians should they be unable to acquire additional relievers or infielders. The team is expected to have yet another busy offseason, with a decision looming for Ubaldo Jimenez and other long-term considerations at stake.

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  • Kildawg

    More like Marson is slotted as a backup option again as Gomes has supplanted Santana as the starting catcher. Santana should be regular DH while seeing some time at 1B and C (as the 2nd/3rd option)

  • Natedawg86

    His numbers look a lot better as C (and having another hitter as DH), but his D was far superior. That being said, I cannot complain with his production as a DH/hitter

  • nj0

    Marson won’t be on the roster. We’re not going to carry three guys who can catch. Santana/Gomes is a fine duo.

  • Steve

    There’s no way Marson will catch more games than Santana. I believe Marson might have an option remaining as well. He had one coming into this year, and they shouldn’t have had to use one to bring up Gomes, Marson went straight to the DL, and he’s yet to accrue five years of service time, so he can’t reject being sent to the minors.

  • Matt S

    Marson is a non-factor. He can’t hit and his defense isn’t even that good. He’s arbitration eligible, and there is no sense in using a roster spot and paying him $1-1.5M for a guy who holds no advantage over the plethora of free agents you could bring in on a minor league deal like they did for Pagnozzi, Santos, Carlin, Shoppach, etc. He’ll be DFA’d or non-tendered.

    Similarly, I would be surprised if Herrman survives the off-season with his roster status intact. As the Indians add guys for Rule V purposes (Aguilar, Moncreif, Austin Adams, Giovanni Soto, Matt Packer and Tyler Holt could all be added), and add guys from free agency, they’ll need to clear spaces. Herrman and Marson are clear favorites to get the first cut. Along with Phelps, incidentally.