Smoke signals

• By designating George Kottaras for assignment, the Indians removed their backup catcher from the roster. Francona said Carlos Santana would be the backup to Yan Gomes for at least Monday, but indicated that Cleveland might have another roster move coming. Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez (.305 average with 20 extra-base hits and 43 RBIs in 53 games) is an internal option.

"Moving forward, we'll see," Francona said on Monday. "We may have some moving parts. We'll see. I don't know that we need to do anything tonight. We'll kind of see how it goes."

• Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who injured his right knee on May 14 and is currently on the 60-day disabled list, remains limited to rehab work. Cleveland announced Monday that Morgan is scheduled to get a second opinion on his knee this week with Dr. Christopher Parker in Santa Barbara, Calif.

"I don't know if it's a setback," said Francona, referring to the news on Morgan. "I think he just wants to get a second opinion, which they're always encouraged to do."

• Prior to Monday's game, the Indians paid tribute to the team's late television and radio personality, Mike Hegan, who passed away in December. Prior to his career in broadcasting, Hegan was signed by the Yankees in 1961 and spent parts of three seasons with New York. Hegan spent 23 years in the Cleveland organization.

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