I won’t watch the replays of Carlos Santana’s leg injury. It’s obscene, and quite literally so. “Obscene” comes from the Latin: ob plus scenus, meaning that an action should take place “off-stage” and not be viewed for public consumption.
Speaking of the obscene, I’m going to write about Lou Marson, who the Indians planned to keep off-stage for the remainder of his tenure with the club. Marson was obviously added to serve as a bridge between Victor and Carlos, and once that bridge was traversed, Marson’s value would either be: (1) as tradebait for a team looking for a young catcher; or (2) as the Indians’ backup catcher of the future ala Kelly Shoppach.
But the injury the other night threw that plan out the window for the time being, and we’ll be treated to Lou Marson, Starting Catcher v. 2.0. I thought we’d look over some of Lou’s stats to see what sort of player he is, and whether one more stint with the big league team can help the club figure out whether he can be a viable starter (who could be traded) or just a young, cheap backup to give Santana a few days off here and there. [Read more...]