Indians catcher Yan Gomes is far enough ahead of schedule in his comeback from a sprained right knee that he could be cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Friday, according to manager Terry Francona.
Gomes suffered a sprained MCL on April 11 and was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks. In his absence Roberto Perez has served as Cleveland’s primary catcher, hitting just .161 with three homers and a .639 OPS in 22 games.
Gomes appeared in just five games before the injury, but had a breakout 2014 season that saw him hit .278 with 21 homers and a .785 OPS while ranking among the league’s best defensive catchers.
A’s infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been testing his surgically repaired left knee with agility drills and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Monday.
Zobrist has been on the disabled list since April 25 and was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable, with Eric Sogard serving as the A’s primary second baseman in his absence.
Zobrist hit .240 with one homer and a .704 OPS in 14 games before being shut down, seeing time at second base and both outfield corners.
Red Sox manager John Farrell made it very clear after Tuesday’s ugly start that he felt Justin Masterson was pitching hurt. Masterson vehemently denied that, but the Red Sox just announced that he won’t make his scheduled turn in the rotation Sunday and they’re “moving toward” placing him on the disabled list with “general fatigue.”
No official move has been made yet, but Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that knuckleballer Stephen Wright could make the fill-in start Sunday. Masterson has a 6.37 ERA in seven starts this season, including back-to-back rough outings, and Farrell described him as “clearly not right.”
Masterson just told McAdam that he’s “not real happy about the decision, but we’ll make the most of it.”