KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 07: George Kottaras #26 of the Kansas City Royals in action during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on July 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By Jamie Squire
(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.