Haase was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Now that Roberto Perez (concussion) is healthy, the Indians will send Haase back to Triple-A to continue to serve as organizational depth.
The Indians recalled Haase from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Though top backstop Roberto Perez was diagnosed with a concussion following his departure from Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Athletics, he's already made noteworthy progress in his recovery and isn't expected to require a stint on the 7-day injured list. That said, Perez is unlikely to be available for at least a couple days, so Haase will move up to the big club to provide some extra depth at catcher behind Kevin Plawecki.
Haase has gone 4-for-10 with a homer so far this spring. Haase isn't a particularly highly rated prospect, though he has shown some power in the minors, hitting 27 homers in just 97 games in 2017 and adding 20 more in 120 games last season. He's behind two established veterans in Roberto Perez and Kevin Plawecki, but neither has a strong enough track record to where it would be impossible to see Haase beat them out for a roster spot.
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.
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