The Cleveland Indians made their official moves on Tuesday to prepare for life without Yan Gomes (temporarily). Brett Hayes will now be the backup catcher as he gets promoted from Columbus. To make room on the roster, pitcher Shaun Marcum is the player who was designated for assignment.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 14, 2015
31yo Brett Hayes was signed in the offseason away from the Kansas City Royals. He is likely to be nothing more than a replacement-level backup catcher. In fact, his career 62 OPS+ suggests that replacement level may be kind when describing his bat, and it may be up to Roberto Perez to take on a heavy load at catcher until Yan Gomes returns.
As a player designated for assignment, the Indians have seven days to either place Shaun Marcum on waivers or ten days to trade or release him. If the Indians want to retain Shaun Marcum on their AAA team in Columbus, then they will need him to first clear waivers. There has been some consternation of doing such from fans as Marcum has been quite good pitching for the Indians in limited time during Spring Training (7IP, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) and on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers (5IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP). However, the Tigers game was his first official MLB action since sustaining a shoulder injury in 2013 while with the New York Mets, and he could be considered a risk for any team acquiring him (though for a minimal contract).
In addition, the Cleveland Indians signed Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract. Chacin had three seasons of pitching excellence for the Colorado Rockies in 2010, 2011, and 2013, but he has also had recurring shoulder issues in his past few seasons, including frayed shoulder cartilage that effectively had ended his 2014 season and tenure with the Rockies. The Cleveland Indians must hope that they are able to make him the latest successful injury reclamation project.