October 31, 2014

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Indians notes: Tribe purchases contract of Chris Gimenez

Chris Gimenez

Chris Gimenez

CLEVELAND — The Indians selected the contract of Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, filling the 25-man roster spot of catcher Yan Gomes, who was placed on the seven-day concussion list Saturday.

Gimenez, who played for the Indians from 2009-10, was acquired Saturday in a trade with Texas for future considerations. He joined the club prior to the series finale against the Astros and will wear No. 53.

While Gomes mends, Gimenez, who has split the season between the minors and majors, is expected to back up starting catcher Roberto Perez. He hit .262 with 11 RBIs in 34 games for the Rangers.

Picking it up?

Struggling third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has strung together consecutive two-hit games — a positive sign for him and the Indians’ inconsistent offense.

Once one of Cleveland’s hottest hitters, Chisenhall is batting a paltry .168 (17-for-101) over his last 29 games. The cold spell has dropped his season average from .336 to .290.

“He’ll get hot. Guys do,” manager Terry Francona said of Chisenhall, who is batting .204 41-for-201) since June 13. “For whatever reason, they get cold — and sometimes it’s longer than you want.”

Next up

The Indians are off today, beginning a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night at 8:10.

T.J. House (2-3, 3.80 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25), while Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) starts for the Indians on Wednesday (8:10 p.m.) against RHP Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39).

Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) goes for Cleveland in the series finale Thursday (8:10 p.m.), while the White Sox counter with LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.96).

Minor details

  • Outfielder Ryan Raburn (right wrist soreness) began a rehab assignment at Columbus on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 9-2 loss to Indianapolis. Raburn has struggled for much of the year after signing a two-year contract extension worth $4.85 million during last season. He’s batting just .191 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 70 games.
  • Class A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having a solid season for the Captains. A 15th-round draft pick in 2012, Rodriguez entered Sunday with the second-most home runs (20) and RBIs (77) in Cleveland’s minor-league system. He attended the same high school — George Washington High (NYC) — as former Indians star Manny Ramirez.

Roundin’ third

  • Sunday’s starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, is the 24th Cleveland pitcher to record two starts of six-plus innings, nine-plus strikeouts and no runs in the same season.
  • Indians closer Cody Allen has converted 17 of his 18 save opportunities since taking over for departed right-hander John Axford. Of Allen’s 62 appearances this year, 55 are scoreless outings.

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