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Monday, April 15, 2013

Chris Wallace Traded To Cleveland

2010 Greeneville Astro Chris Wallace has been traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for LHP Eric Berger. It is reported that Wallace will head to AA Akron.

Jeff Luhnow has added catching depth to the organization in recent years. He obtained Carlos Perez in the 10 player trade with the Blue Jays last summer and then added Max Stassi in the trade with the A's this February. Stassi started the year on the DL but should be ready to go soon.

Wallace had only appeared in one game for the RedHawks (AAA) this season as a DH. The catching had been done by Jason Jaramillo and Cody Clark. AA catching is currently filled with Perez and Rene Garcia. Wallace was essentially a catcher with out a team. When you add Stassi's return to the mix (expected at AA), there were too many catchers.

 Akron's catcher situation was dire because of the trickle down effect of injuries at the major league level. 

By the end of the game, what had first appeared to be a break for Cleveland native Alex Lavisky, seemed more like a cruel joke.
The dire catching situation for the parent club Indians (Lou Marson was placed on the disabled list with a neck strain and Carlos Santana injured his left thumb in Monday’s home opener) had dominoed into the opportunity for the Aeros back up catcher to make his second start of the season.
Aeros starting backstop Roberto Perez was called up to Triple-A Columbus after the Clippers lost two catchers in Yan Gomes and Omir Santos, both being called up to Cleveland.
That article was writen on the 9th. Yesterday, the Aeros placed Lavisky on the 7 day DL.  They needed catching help badly.

Likewise, the Astros also need arms in AAA due to their staff being depleted by injuries at the major league level. Berger has bounced between AA and AAA the last three years. So he will likely be given the chance to fill the depth at AAA.

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