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.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.