This sets the stage for Shoppach to be the third catcher on the roster once the rosters expand. For those with short memories Shoppach played with the Indians from 2006-2009. He originally came to the Indians in the Coco Crisp-Andy Marte trade in 206 and was dealt to the Rays in 2010 for the now unremembered Mitch Talbot. Shoppach started the 2013 season with Seattle then signed on with the Pittsburgh organization. After the Pirates acquired John Buckhe was given his release as there then would be no chance of him getting called up to Pittsburgh in September. The Indians needed to call up a third catcher in September mainly so they could start Carlos Santana at DH without having to worry about losing the DH if Yan Gomes had to leave the game. As of yesterday their options were Omir Santos or Roberto Perez neither of which are really palatable options.
Indians sign C Kelly Shoppach to minor-league contract
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