Cards claim C George Kottaras off waivers

Cards claim C George Kottaras off waivers

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 1: George Kottaras #26 of the Kansas City Royals hits a double into right field bringing in Eric Hosmer #35 and Billy Butler #16 to score against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 1, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

(KMOV.com) - It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to add another catcher to the roster after learning that Yadier Molina needs surgery on his injured thumb.

Friday, they claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. He’ll likely be added to the team’s 25 man roster Saturday.

Kottaras, 31, owns a .216 career batting mark with 32 HRs and 100 RBI in 305 games between Boston (2008-09), Milwaukee (2010-12), Oakland (2102), Kansas City (2013) and Cleveland (2014).  The left-handed hitting Kottaras was batting .286 with 3 HR’s and 4 RBI in 10 games for the Tribe this season.   Kottaras, who had been designated for assignment by Cleveland on Monday (July 7), also appeared in 14 games for the Columbus Clippers of the International League (AAA).

It would seem likely that Kottaras will become the back-up for Tony Cruz, and Audrey Perez will return to Memphis (AAA) after Friday night’s game in Milwaukee.

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