Indians place Santana on DL
The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has placed C CARLOS SANTANA on Major League Baseball's 7-day Disabled List with a mild concussion. The Indians have also selected the contract of C LUKE CARLIN from Triple-A Columbus. Carlin (#45) will be in uniform for today's game against the Chicago White Sox. To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP RAFAEL PEREZ has been transferred to the 60-day Disabled List.
Santana, 26, exited last night's game in the 8th inning after taking a foul ball off his face mask. The Indians switch-hitting backstop is batting .245 (38-155) with 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 24 RBI through 43 games this season. He ranks among American League leaders in walks (4th, 30), pitches-per-plate appearance (5th, 4.31) and on-base pct. (21st, .360). Santana has appeared in 36 games behind the plate (35 starts), throwing out 9-of-27 (33.3%) would-be base-stealers, tied with Baltimore's Matt Wieters (9-of-27) for the best pct. in the A.L. and tied for 3rd-best in the majors. Santana is the first Indians player ever placed on MLB's 7-day DL for concussions, which was established in partnership with the MLBPA prior to the 2011 season to prevent players from returning prematurely, while still giving clubs a full complement of players on the 25-man roster.
Carlin, 31, began the season on the Clippers' Opening Day roster and is batting .227 (15-66) with one double, one home run and 10 RBI in 20 games. He has drawn 12 walks against just 6 strikeouts, while carrying a .346 on-base pct. Carlin has registered a .989 (2 ER/177 TC) fielding pct. in 20 games behind the plate, throwing out 6-of-22 (27.3%) of runners. He was originally acquired by Cleveland in a trade with Pittsburgh on Aug. 10, 2010.
Perez, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled on April 27 with a strained left latissimus, retroactive to April 26. The left-hander has gone 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2) in 8 relief appearances for Cleveland this season, while holding opponents to a .185 (5-27) average. Perez will be eligible to come off the DL on June 25.