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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.