Lavarnway was designated for assignment Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Lavarnway had been serving as catching depth since early September. With Roberto Perez returning from a shoulder injury, he's no longer needed, so he'll be available for the rest of the league to claim off waivers. A 34-year-old with a career .217/.272/.345 slash line is unlikely to be of much interest to many teams, however.
Lavarnway had his contract selected by Cleveland on Thursday and is starting at catcher at Kansas City. Lavarnway has been at Triple-A Columbus since being designated for assignment in late June, and he'll rejoin the big-league club Thursday. The 34-year-old has seen major-league action in each of the past five years, though he hasn't played double-digit games since 2015.
Cleveland outrighted Lavarnway to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. The 33-year-old catcher remains in the organization after he went unclaimed off waivers over the weekend. Lavarnway was up with Cleveland for about a week while top backstop Austin Hedges recovered from a concussion.
Cleveland designated Lavarnway for assignment Thursday. Lavarnway was with Cleveland for a week while No. 1 catcher Austin Hedges was on the injured list with a concussion. During his time with the big club, Lavarnway appeared in four games, going 3-for-11 with a double and a walk. As a 33-year-old journeyman backstop, Lavarnway isn't expected to attract much interest from other organizations, so he'll most likely report to Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus once he clears waivers in the coming days.
Lavarnway's contract was selected by Cleveland on Thursday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com Lavarnway began the year with Triple-A Columbus and slashed .258/.313/.551 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 25 games. He'll join the major-league club after Austin Hedges (concussion) was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday, and he could split time with Rene Rivera at catcher in the near future.
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