The Indians have selected the contract of catcher Gianpaul Gonzalez, Mandy Bell of MLB.com was among those to relay (Twitter link). Wilson Ramos has been placed on the 10-day injured list to open active roster space. The team already had a vacancy on the 40-man roster.
Gonzalez will back up Austin Hedges for the time being. Ramos, who had been taking that role, suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday. With Roberto Pérez still on the mend from a shoulder issue, the Indians needed to add another catcher to the active and 40-man rosters.
Ideally, that role likely would’ve gone to one of Ryan Lavarnway or Gavin Collins, both of whom are at Triple-A Columbus. They’re in COVID-19 protocols at the moment, Bell notes. Rather than turn to a prospect like Bo Naylor or Bryan Lavastida before they’re ready, the Indians will call up Gonzalez from High-A Lake County.
It’ll be the major league debut for Gonzalez, a 25-year-old who has a bit of past high minors experience. Cleveland’s 20th-round pick in 2014 out of an academy in Puerto Rico, the right-handed hitting Gonzalez has a .195/.274/.227 line over parts of seven minor league seasons.