Recker Traded, Moore Outrighted, and More Minor Tribe News and Notes
Bob Toth | On 09, May 2016
Several former and current members of the Cleveland Indians organization made some news over the last few days. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the minor moves and notes you may have missed.
The Indians announced on Monday afternoon that they have traded catcher Anthony Recker to the Atlanta Braves for cash.
The Indians signed the five-year MLB veteran to a minor league contract late in November. He reported to Triple-A Columbus to start the season with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez occupying spots on the 25-man roster for Cleveland. In 19 games for the Clippers, he was hitting .246 with two homers and ten RBI.
Recker will report to Triple-A Gwinnett. Recker is a .185 career hitter with stops with the Oakland A’s, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets organizations.
That catching situation in Columbus became cramped when Adam Moore was outrighted by the Indians to their Triple-A affiliate on May 6.
Moore got a quick cup of coffee with the Indians earlier last week when he took Perez’s roster spot after the backup Tribe backstop fractured his right thumb on April 30 against Philadelphia. Moore did not appear in a game for Cleveland before he was designated for assignment when the club acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from Texas for cash considerations.
Moore is hitting .143 in 17 games at Triple-A this season.
A BOURN FREE AGENT
Michael Bourn, the center fielder that the Indians are paying to stay away from their roster, was given his release from his minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, per the league transactions page of the Florida State League.
Bourn had been playing with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the High-A affiliate of Toronto. In nine games, he was hitting .257. He signed with the Blue Jays on April 22 after being designated for assignment and released by the Atlanta Braves earlier in the month. He had hoped to catch on north of the border as a potential depth outfielder for the club, but another former Indians outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera, has played better of late while occupying that role for the Jays.
STUBBS A TEXAN AGAIN
Drew Stubbs, Cleveland outfielder in 2013, returned to the Texas Rangers on May 7 after being a late camp cut from the club in the spring.
After being released by the Rangers, he joined the Braves on March 30, leading the club to move on from Bourn. He appeared in 20 games for Atlanta until his release on May 3. He had hit .237 for the Braves, but had struck out 20 times in 42 plate appearances. He has played in two games already for the Rangers, entering for defensive purposes in his first game and as a pinch-runner in his second game. He scored a run in that role and later walked in the same inning as Texas sent 12 to the plate in the top of the eighth against Detroit in an 8-3 win on Sunday.
The former Texas Longhorn has also played for Cincinnati and Colorado in his eight-year career.
WRIGHT PITCHES A GEM
Former Indians farmhand Steven Wright pitched himself a gem against the New York Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball for the Boston Red Sox.
The 31-year-old knuckleballer baffled the Bronx Bombers for his third win of the season, dropping his season ERA to 1.52. He threw a complete game three-hitter, losing his shutout in the ninth on a home run from Brett Gardner. Brian McCann had a two-out single in the first and Starlin Castro later doubled to lead off the seventh for the only other hits on the night.
Wright allowed one run on three hits, walked one, and struck out seven on 101 pitches. He was dealt by the Indians to the Sox on July 31, 2012, for first baseman Lars Anderson.
Nearly half his life ago, Bartolo Colon was a top flight pitcher on the Indians pitching staff. Now 42, he is hanging on to his playing career as a pitcher in the New York Mets starting rotation. In his 19th Major League season, Colon did something on Saturday that he had not done in 481 games prior.
Colon became just the third Mets player ever to homer at the age of 42 or older, joining another former Indians ageless wonder in Julio Franco and Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Colon also became the oldest player in MLB history to hit his first career home run. The homer was the first hit of the year for Colon, who pushed his lifetime batting average to .092 (21-for-228).
Colon was a .143 hitter while a member of the Indians, notching his first four career hits (all singles) during his six seasons in Cleveland.
Photo: Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch