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Yan Gomes placed on disabled list with right knee sprain


Via Nick Camino of radio station WTAM in Cleveland …

Gomes suffered the sprain Saturday when Rajai Davis slid into his right leg at home plate. The Indians note on their official Twitter account that the full extent of the injury is still being determined. It looked bad.

Cleveland did not call up a catcher on Sunday morning, so slugger Carlos Santana will presumably serve as the emergency backup to new starting backstop Roberto Perez. Gomes, 27, had 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games last season for the Tribe. This is a big loss for a team that has championship aspirations.

Yan Gomes suffers right knee sprain in play at home plate

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UPDATE: According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians manager Terry Francona said that Gomes suffered a right knee sprain. More will be known about his status after he undergoes an MRI on Sunday morning.

8:32 p.m. ET: Indians catcher Yan Gomes was helped off the field in the top of the ninth inning of today’s game against the Tigers after he was injured in a home plate collision.

No word yet on the exact nature of the injury. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that Gomes’ foot was in the middle of the plate on a force play at home and Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis slid into his leg. It was a clean slide from all accounts. We’ll pass along more information when we get it.

Losing Gomes for an extended period of time would be a tough blow for Cleveland, as the 27-year-old has hit .287 with 32 homers and an .801 OPS in 223 games over the past two seasons. Roberto Perez is the team’s backup catcher and Carlos Santana caught just 11 games last season.

Tigers finally allow an earned run after 32 innings, tying a modern record

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The Tigers have had a pretty good start to the season. They swept the Twins, including back-to-back shutouts to open the season. David Price threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in his Opening Day start, while Anibal Sanchez followed up with 6 2/3 shutout innings of his own on Wednesday.

Shane Greene allowed the Tigers’ first run of the season in the seventh inning Thursday, an unearned run as a result of a Yoenis Cespedes error in left field. Alfredo Simon went into his Friday start with the Tigers’ earned run streak still intact in the series opener against the Indians.

Simon held the Indians scoreless over five innings, but finally relented in the sixth. With one out, Simon allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis before Michael Brantley doubled in a run, ending the Tigers’ streak. Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss each followed up with RBI singles, chasing Simon from the game and reducing the Tigers’ lead to 5-3.

If you’re counting, that’s 32 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to open the season for the Tigers. That ties the 1963 Cardinals for the modern record, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

2015 Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2015 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians.

The Big Question: Are the Indians trending up or down entering Terry Francona’s third year as manager?

After winning 92 games and a Wild Card spot in 2013 the Indians dropped to 85 wins last season, missing the playoffs by three games. Their division rivals all had very busy offseasons, but the Indians basically stood pat. First baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss was their lone big addition (Gavin Floyd too, but he’s already out for the year) and there were no notable departures, so Chris Antonetti, Mark Shapiro, and the Indians’ front office clearly believes last year’s team was capable of more and can take a step forward with better health and perhaps some help from prospects.

That’s definitely a reasonable approach, although it’s worth noting that the Indians declined by seven games last season and went just 85-77 despite a breakout, Cy Young-winning year from right-hander Corey Kluber and a breakout, MVP-caliber year from outfielder Michael Brantley. They got two spectacular performances from previously unspectacular players … and still barely finished above .500. So what happens if Kluber and/or Brantley come back down to earth a bit in 2015?

Fortunately for the Indians they have lots of under-30 talent with the upside to make up for any Kluber/Brantley-related declines. Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer all have the potential to emerge as impact, high-strikeout starters and Carrasco already showed signs of doing so last year. Even after losing Floyd before he ever threw a pitch for them the Indians have quality, albeit largely untested rotation depth behind Kluber.

First baseman Carlos Santana’s overall numbers were plenty good–including 27 homers and a league-high 113 walks–but once he got on track following an absolutely brutal season-opening stretch that left him with a .150 batting average after six weeks he posted a .900 OPS for the final four months. Santana is one of the best switch-hitters in baseball, with 30-homer power and 100-walk patience.

Jason Kipnis had a breakout 2013, hitting .284 with 17 homers, 30 steals, and an .818 OPS to rank among the league’s best all-around players, and then signed a $52.5 million contract extension. He followed it up with a miserable 2014, struggling through injuries while hitting just .240 with six homers and a .640 OPS. His age and skill set suggest he should bounce back in a big way if healthy.

And by midseason the Indians may get a boost from stud prospect Francisco Lindor, a 21-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who ranks as a top-10 prospect according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus. Even if Kluber and Brantley take a step backward this season the Indians have the other pieces in place to be a contender and if Kluber and Brantley come anywhere close to repeating their 2014 performances Cleveland is a few breaks from rising as high as the best team in the league.

What else is going on?

  • I didn’t mention catcher Yan Gomes above, because I don’t think he has a ton of further upside at age 27. But he doesn’t need it, because he’s already one of the league’s best catchers. Gomes was acquired for pennies on the dollar from the Blue Jays before 2013 and has hit .284 with 32 homers, 45 doubles, and an .801 OPS in 223 games for the Indians. Among all MLB catchers during that time only Buster Posey and Jonathan Lucroy have a higher OPS and Gomes also has a high throw-out rate plus good pitch-framing numbers. He’s a stud.
  • Right-hander Cody Allen is a prime example of why the mystique and aura often attached to the closer role is so over the top. As a setup man in 2013 he threw 70 innings with an 88/26 K/BB ratio. As a closer in 2014 he threw 69 innings with a 91/26 K/BB ratio. Basically identical performance, except he pitches the ninth inning now instead of the eighth inning. And he’s one of the league’s top closers.
  • Brandon Moss was a mess down the stretch for the A’s last year and it was later revealed he played through a torn hip labrum. That’s never a positive thing, but he’s looked good this spring and Moss had 21 homers with an .878 OPS in the first half last year after topping an .850 OPS in 2012 and 2013. It’s tough to count on Nick Swisher for much of anything at this point, but Moss adds another big bat.
  • Cleveland is going for a third straight winning season for the first time since way back in 2001, when the Indians were the kings of the AL Central and won their sixth division title in the span of seven seasons. Their Opening Day starter that season? Bartolo Colon, who 13 years later will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter this season.

Prediction: Neck and neck with the Tigers all season and a Wild Card spot if they fall short in the division.

Indians have been asked about Carlos Santana

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The Indians officially acquired Brandon Moss from the A’s on Monday afternoon and now have a glut of corner outfield, first base, and designated hitter types, so it’s reasonable to expect that another trade is on the horizon. Nick Swisher? Maybe, if they’re able to find a taker. How about Carlos Santana?

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that teams have contacted the Indians about Santana’s availability, though Morosi adds that no deal is close.

Santana is under contract at team-friendly rates for the next three seasons — he’s owed $6 million in 2015, $8.25 million in 2016, and $12 million on a club option for 2017 — so the Cleveland front office will probably have to be bowled over by an offer this winter to accept it. They want to compete right now, and Santana can be a premier slugger for stretches. The 28-year-old registered an .872 OPS with 21 home runs and 68 RBI over his final 102 games in 2014.