Yan Gomes expected to miss four to eight weeks with an A/C joint injury

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Indians catcher Yan Gomes suffered an unfortunate shoulder injury attempting to beat out a ground ball on Sunday against the Twins. He lunged for first base and attempted to contort his body to avoid a tag, as the throw from third baseman Eduardo Nunez pulled first baseman Kennys Vargas off the bag. Gomes hit the first base bag awkwardly, then tumbled to the ground, landing awkwardly on his shoulder.

Gomes was diagnosed with an A/C joint separation, the club announced on Monday, and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. He’s expected to miss the next four to eight weeks. Gomes is not expected to need surgery.

Gomes, who won a Silver Slugger award in 2014, was having a tough year offensively, batting .165/.198/.313 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 262 plate appearances.

The Indians activated catcher Roberto Perez from the 60-day disabled list to take Gomes’ spot on the roster, so he’ll share time behind the plate with Chris Gimenez. Gimenez hasn’t been any better than Gomes, batting .188/.231/.271 in 92 plate appearances. With the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the first-place Indians may be on the hunt for a catcher.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.