The Indians welcomed Carlos Santana back to the active roster this evening following a stay on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Santana was catching when he was struck with a foul ball on Memorial Day against the White Sox that sidelined him. He returns to the lineup batting eighth as the designated hitter with Mike Aviles at third base, Lonnie Chisenhall at first base, and Yan Gomes catching.
Meanwhile, first baseman Jesus Aguilar goes back to Columbus to get everyday at-bats. Jesus was 3-for-16 (.188) in 8 games with 2 RBI while getting first base at-bats against left-handed pitching. Lonnie Chisenhall’s ability to man first base over the past week sealed Jesus’s fate for the time being.
The other noteworthy item here, of course, is that with George Kottaras staying on the roster rather than Aguilar, it’s implied that the Indians will be trying to shelve Santana’s catching gear for at least the short term. Yan Gomes’s bat is needed in the lineup daily, so it’s only a once per week situation plus insurance, but it’s enough of a concern to keep #TheSummerOfGeorge on the 25-man roster.
Santana is having the worst season of his career, hitting .159/.327/.301 with 6 homers and 17 RBI in 50 games (26 at third, 11 catching, 10 DH, 5 at first). His versatility is an asset only if his bat wakes up. Plate discipline only goes so far, and the Indians could really use Carlos to get the lineup running on all cylinders.
(Photo: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)