For the second time in 2019, the Cleveland Indians have said good bye to a veteran Major League Baseball player hoping to restart his career. Before Wednesday’s game, the Indians announced they have designated Carlos Gonzalez for assignment.
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Cleveland now has seven days to find a new team to trade Gonzalez too. If that doesn’t happen, Gonzalez will be optioned to Triple-A Columbus or he can elect to become a free agent.
The Indians hoped they would find lightning in a bottle in the veteran left handed outfielder and power hitter. That did not happen. In 30 games, Gonzalez hit just .210 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.
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The Indians announced the move in order to add catcher Eric Haase to the roster. Tuesday night, catcher Roberto Perez left the game against Oakland with a head injury. Cleveland elected to not place Perez on the 7-day concussion list. Perez passed the concussion tests but will be held out of the next few days. Hasse will back up Kevin Plawecki in Perez’s absence.
Gonzalez joins Hanley Ramirez as Major League veterans the Indians have released this season. Ramirez was designated for assignment in April.
Gonzalez was a three-time All-Star in ten seasons with the Colorado Rockies.