MILWAUKEE, WI, July 12, 2014 - The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this afternoon's game in Milwaukee that they have added catcher George Kottaras to the team's 25-man active roster and optioned catcher Audry Perez to Memphis (AAA). 

Kottaras, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians yesterday, will wear uniform #59.

Kottaras, 31, 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.   Kottaras, who had been designated for assignment by Cleveland on Monday (July 7), also appeared in 14 games for the Columbus Clippers of the International League (AAA).