Yan Gomes ahead of schedule in recovery from knee injury

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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.