GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians optioned catcher Eric Haase to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
The move was largely a given but officially anoints Roberto Perez and Kevin Plawecki as the club’s Opening Day catchers. Haase, 26, is third on that list and will serve as depth on the 40-man roster.
Haase had a strong spring camp, collecting eight hits — including two home runs and two doubles — and 10 RBI in 22 at-bats for a .364 average and 1.102 OPS. He played well enough but, like many other younger players, is thought by the team to get more out of collecting everyday at-bats in the minors rather than playing a part-time role on the bench in the majors.
“We thought so much of him that we had several conversations about maybe confusing our team where he would make it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We ultimately thought if he’s playing sparingly in April in Cleveland, we’re setting him up for failure. ... He had a terrific camp.”
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