Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cleveland Indians placed backup catcher Roberto Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.
The extent of the injury was not fully known, although there were reports that Perez may have fractured the thumb during Saturday night’s game. At the time of this post, the Indians would only confirm that it was a right thumb injury.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians purchased the contract of veteran catcher Adam Moore from Triple-A Columbus.
It is believed that Perez injured the thumb during the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game in a play at the plate. On a ball in the dirt, Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera attempted to score from third base. Perez recovered the ball and ran towards home plate, diving to place the tag on the Phillies base runner.
While Perez remained in the game, the injury apparently worsened overnight and was still an issue when he arrived at the ball park on Sunday morning. To avoid placing themselves in a precarious situation with no backup catcher, the Indians brought Moore up.
Perez has appeared in four games for the Indians this season. He was hitless in eight at bats, but has drawn six walks.
Moore has spent parts of seven seasons in the Majors as a seldom-used catcher, only once appearing in more than nine games (60 in 2010 with Seattle). He has spent time with the Mariners, the Kansas City Royals, and the San Diego Padres. This will be his second stint on the Indians roster after appearing in one game for the club last season.
He had played 16 games at Triple-A Columbus this season, hitting .156 with a .269 on-base percentage.
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