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5/2/2013 6:55 P.M. ET

Tribe acquires Carrera off waivers from Philadelphia

Outfielder spent parts of two seasons and 2013 Spring Training with Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added a familiar face to their depth chart on Thursday, claiming outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Phillies.

Carrera spent parts of the past two seasons with Cleveland and was in camp with the club throughout Spring Training. The fleet-footed outfielder did not make the Opening Day roster, however, and was designated for assignment since he was out of Minor League options.

Philadelphia claimed Carrera off waivers on April 2.

In 13 games with the Phillies this season, the 25-year-old Carrera hit .077 (1-for-13) while serving a limited role. Last season, Carrera hit .272 with two homers, eight stolen bases, 11 extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 48 games for the Indians.

After the Tribe optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to Triple-A earlier on Thursday, the active roster was reduced to 24 players. For the time being, Cleveland will add Carrera to its active roster to provide some outfield depth.

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (right index finger) remains on the 15-day disabled list and first baseman Nick Swisher -- a part-time right fielder -- has missed the past two games with a sore left shoulder.

In order to vacate a spot on the 40-man roster for Carrera, the Indians designated Triple-A Columbus first baseman Mike McDade for assignment.

McDade, who was acquired via waivers from the Blue Jays over the winter, impressed the Indians with a strong showing in Spring Training, but he got off to a slow start this season. In 21 games at Triple-A, McDade has hit .230 with no home runs, four doubles and seven RBIs for the Clippers.

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