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Indians acquire former catcher Chris Gimenez from Texas for depth with Yan Gomes on DL

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 23, 2014

The Indians won’t have to play a player light for too long in the absence of starting catcher Yan Gomes, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion late Saturday afternoon.

Two hours after putting Gomes on the DL, the club acquired a familiar face in Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations.

Gimenez, 31, is a former Indians player who’s split the season between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .262 with 10 doubles, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored in 34 games for the big league club before being taken off the roster Aug. 7.

During his time with the Rangers, Gimenez caught 12 of ace pitcher Yu Darvish’s 22 starts. In between, he started the 2014 season and had spent the last 10 days in Round Rock, where he hit a combined .284 (including a .302 mark and 1.024 OPS against left-handed pitching) with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 22 RBI in 39 games.

The Gilroy, Ca., native returns to the Indians organization after beginning his pro career with the club in 2004. The Tribe’s 19th-round draft pick out of the University of Nevada-Reno, spent a combined 73 games with the Tribe between the 2009-10 seasons. He also spent the 2012-13 campaigns in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

The move to acquire Gimenez came in large part because in Gomes’ absence, rookie Roberto Perez was to serve as the team’s starting catcher and first baseman Carlos Santana would have had to be the club’s “emergency” backup catcher. Although Santana is a former catcher, he suffered his second concussion of his professional career in May and was moved from behind the plate.

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