Exported Cargo: Cleveland Indians Designate Carlos Gonzalez

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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 25: Cleveland Indians right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (24) reacts to his strike count during the baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros on April 25, 2019 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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