Haase was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Haase makes his way to the majors for the first time in his career after posting a .236/.288/.443 slash line with 20 home runs in 433 at-bats for the Clippers. The 25-year-old may garner a few starts with the Indians but is likely to serve in a reserve role in the midst of a playoff push.
Haase left Wednesday's game for Triple-A Columbus with a migraine. Given that Haase is a catcher, it made sense to remove him as soon as he felt symptoms (after only one inning), before he risked taking a foul tip to the head. The 25-year-old catcher has some significant raw power, but has had trouble making contact at every stop of the minors. He is hitting just .217/.282/.345 with five home runs and a 29.6 percent strikeout rate in 260 plate appearances in his first full season at Triple-A.
Haase was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports. Haase has held his own this spring, hitting .250/.348/.750 with three homers in 23 plate appearances, but he was never expected to break camp with the Indians with Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes ahead of him at the major-league level. Instead he'll report back to Columbus to open the season, where he should spend the majority of the campaign after working mostly with Double-A Akron in 2017.
Haase was added to the Indians' 40-man roster Monday. The move was made to protect Haase from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old hit .258/.349/.574 with 26 homers in 95 games for Double-A Akron last season. With top-prospect Francisco Mejia and Yan Gomes ahead of him on the depth chart, Haase currently doesn't have a clear path to the majors at catcher.