Hedges will start at catcher and bat ninth Wednesday against the Royals. With Cleveland moving Roberto Perez (finger) to the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Hedges looks set to take over as the team's everyday catcher. Hedges has received plaudits for his work as a receiver, but aside from popping the occasional home run, he offers little with the bat. Over 1,385 career plate appearances in the majors, Hedges owns a .196/.253/.355 slash line (60 wRC+).
Hedges went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout Saturday as Cleveland lost to Chicago 7-3. The home run was Hedges' second of the season, but on the year, he only has three hits in 23 at bats. Hedges is one of the best defensive backstops in the league, but until he can be at least serviceable at the plate, he'll remain Roberto Perez's backup.
Hedges has gone 2-for-20 (.100) in his first seven games. Hedges hasn't seen much playing time as a backup to Roberto Perez. The 28-year-old Hedges has one home run, two RBI and two runs scored this season. He's also struck out in nine of his 23 plate appearances. Perez is a solid defensive backstop whose consistent presence in the lineup leaves Hedges with little opportunity to make an impact.
Hedges went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's victory over the Tigers. The right-handed hitter smashed a solo shot in the ninth inning off Tyler Alexander. The 28-year-old slashed .145/.231/.290 in 2020 and looks to turn his hitting around in 2021.
Hedges avoided arbitration Friday by signing a one-year, $3.28 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Hedges will see a small boost from his 2020 salary of $3 million. It's hard to argue that he deserved a much bigger raise, as he hit an awful .145/.231/.290 in 35 games for San Diego and Cleveland last season.