Taylor was optioned to the Indians' alternate training site Wednesday. Taylor saw minimal playing time as the third catcher with the major-league club, but he should get some more consistent work at alternate camp and could return to the active roster if injuries occur. The 30-year-old hit just .048 with nine strikeouts over 21 at-bats to begin the season.
Taylor will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Tigers. Taylor will be making his seventh start of the season while top backstop Roberto Perez receives a routine day off. Over 21 plate appearances this season, Taylor has managed only one hit.
Taylor was recalled from the alternate training site after Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old joined the Indians as a non-roster invitee in December, and he'll join the 40-man and 30-man rosters for Tuesday's nightcap. Taylor should operate as the team's third catcher behind Roberto Perez and Sandy Leon.
Taylor will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. He is not on the 40-man roster, but will be one of three catchers to train at Progressive Field. Taylor could see MLB action this season if Roberto Perez or Sandy Leon miss time.
Taylor signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Friday that includes an invite to spring training. A 29-year-old catcher who had spent the bulk of his career with Oakland, Taylor has only made 36 plate appearances in the majors. He has a very low offensive ceiling and profiles as a Triple-A catcher who gets called up to the big leagues in emergencies.