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.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.