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Tribe Adds Catcher Rivera on Minor League Deal

Tribe Adds Catcher Rivera on Minor League Deal

| On 15, Apr 2021

After a brief scare on Tuesday when starting catcher Roberto Perez was crossed up with reliever James Karinchak and took a pitch to his bare right hand, the Cleveland Indians have brought in additional catching depth. The team announced the signing of 37-year-old backstop Rene Rivera to a minor league deal, assigning him to the team’s alternate training site.

Perez was back in the lineup for the team’s 8-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night, going 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch in the ninth, becoming the Tribe’s lone base runner in Carlos Rodon’s no-hitter. Backup Austin Hedges is expected to start Thursday afternoon’s contest with Aaron Civale on the mound.

Rivera, a 2001 second round pick by Seattle out of Puerto Rico, debuted in the Majors late in the 2004 season for the Mariners. He has spent parts of 12 different seasons in the big leagues debuting, recording additional game action with the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and Atlanta Braves. He appeared in a pair of games for the Mets last season in his third stint with the team, going 1-for-4 with a single in two contests.

In 517 career games, Rivera owns a career .221/.272/.353 slash with 41 homers and 167 RBI at the plate and a .992 fielding percentage and 36% caught stealing rate behind the plate.

Rivera is expected to join fellow catchers Gavin Collins, Ryan Lavarnway, Mike Rivera, and Eric Rodriguez at the team’s alternate training site in Columbus.

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