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.