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Tribe with two new catchers

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 9, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Two new catchers will be in uniform when the Indians face the Yankees tonight. 

   Yan Gomes, who made a positive impression in spring training, and Omir Santos were both called up from Columbus. Gomes is in thre Tribe lineup batting ninth.

   ""The more we saw of him in spring training, the more we liked,'' Francona waid. ""I'm comfortable enough with him to let him start a game.''

   Santos, who also was in major-league camp in Goodyear, Ariz. as a minor-league invitee, will back up Gomes.

   At Triple-A, Gomes was batting .286 with two doubles and two RBI in four games. Santos was 0-for-2 in two games with the Clippers.

   Carlos Santana, who was hit below the left thumb with a pitch on Monday, is listed as day-to-day. X-rays were negative, and Santana has been diagnosed with a bruise.

   Lou Marson suffered a whiplash effect when he was involved in a collison at the plate at Tampa Bay Saturday night. He entered late in Monday's game to replace Santana, and manager Terry Francona didn't like what he saw.

 ""When I saw him out there, I wasn't comfortable with it,'' the manager said.

   Marson was placed on the disabled list, even though he probably will be capable of returning before the mandatory 15-day period is up.

   ""He'll probably be ready in less than two weeks,'' Francona said. ""But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figuire out we had to have a catcher.''

   The best guess is that Santana will be out two or three days before he can return, at least as a backup.

   To find a roster spot for Santos, Jason Giambi, who expected to come off the DL today, had to stay put.

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