ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In their search to find a big league catcher to replace the injured Yadier Molina on the roster, the Cardinals announced Friday the waiver wire claim of George Kottaras.

The 31-year-old last played for the Cleveland Indians.  He owns a .216 career batting mark with 32 HR’s and 100 RBI in 305 games between Boston (2008-09), Milwaukee (2010-12), Oakland (2102), Kansas City (2013) and Cleveland (2014). The left-handed hitting Kottaras was batting .286 with 3 HR’s and 4 RBI in 10 games for the Tribe this season.

Team officials say Kottaras will likely be added to the Cardinals’ 25-man roster on Saturday.

Also on Friday, the Cards activated right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly (left hamstring) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons to Memphis (AAA).

The team also announced that pitcher Jaime Garcia has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Kelly, who was leading the National League with his 0.59 ERA at the time of his injury on April 16, is scheduled to start Friday night’s series opener in Milwaukee.


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