Cleveland Indians activate Austin Hedges from concussion record, DFA Ryan Lavarnway, add RHP Justin Garza


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Catcher Austin Hedges is back on the Cleveland Indians’ grid after being off the Major League Baseball concussion list for a week. Hedges will take ninth place as the club opens a four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday.

Cleveland also added pitching depth to the bullpen by selecting right-hander Justin Garza’s contract from Triple-A Columbus. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was hired to give Garza a place in the 40-man squad.

As expected, the Indians placed right Aaron Civale on the 10-day injured list with a sprained middle finger on his twitching hand. The move took place retrospectively on June 22nd. Civale is expected to see hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham are missing.

Garza, 27, is 1-0 with a .42 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Clippers. In 21 1/3 innings he has a 0.84 WHIP with 29 strikeouts and 12 walks.

The Indians picked Garza on the 26th round of the 2012 draft, but he chose to visit Cal State Fullerton where he was an All American second team and made the 2014 Collegiate National Team. He underwent elbow reconstructive surgery after his junior year in 2015, but Cleveland selected him again on the draft that year. He did not serve in the 2020 season, which was shortened by the pandemic.

In four games with the Indians, Lavarnway beat .273 (3-for-11) with a double, a walk, and four strikeouts.

Hedges returns after missing Cleveland’s last six games for falling on Nov.

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