Indians re-sign Branyan, activate Gomes

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

The Indians have reunited with slugger Russell Branyan, signing him to a minor league deal for the remainder of the season.

The 38-year-old Branyan has spent part of six seasons (1998-2002, 2010) with Cleveland. He's played for Tijuana in the Mexican League this season, hitting 19 homers with 59 RBIs.

The Indians have assigned Branyan to Triple-A Columbus for the remainder of 2014.

A seventh-round pick by Cleveland in 1994, the free-swinging Branyan has hit 194 career home runs -- 55 with Cleveland -- in the majors. He was once regarded as one of the top prospects in the Indians' organization.

Branyan, who hit 20 homers for the Indians in 2001, has been with 10 different teams. He hit a career-high 31 homers with Seattle in 2009.

In another move, the Tribe activated catcher Yan Gomes from the seven-day concussion list and put him in the lineup Friday for the opener of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals.

Gomes suffered concussion symptoms after taking a baseball off his mask on Aug. 21 at Minnesota. Gomes is hitting .284 with 21 doubles, 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 109 games. His .477 slugging percentage ranks 12th in the AL.

The Indians placed infielder-catcher Chris Gimenez on the three-day paternity list.

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