Cleveland Indians starting catcher and silver slugger contender Yan Gomes was placed on the MLB seven-day concussion DL yesterday. Gomes was hoping to avoid the DL stint, but ultimately manager Terry Francona felt the move was necessary.
“I think he actually had a really good day. He got a little bit active,” Francona said. “This is just something that, it’s not like a hamstring, where you can nurse it along or you can stretch. When you start messing around with somebody’s head, you’ve got to adhere to the regulations. You just can’t let a player that’s willing to try to play do something he shouldn’t do. That’s just not right.”
Gomes complained of dizziness immediately after taking a foul tip off the mask during Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. He was replaced by rookie catcher Roberto Perez shortly thereafter.
For Gomes, the trip to the DL will be a momentum stopper. Gomes has been arguably the Indians’ hottest and most productive hitter since the All-Star break, hitting .351 with five home runs, nine doubles, 17 RBIs and a .974 OPS through 29 games. Overall, Gomes has compiled a .284 average to go along with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 109 games.
Offensively, the team has struggled lately, averaging just north of two runs per game over its last 11 games. It is clear that Cleveland will have an even harder time finding production from its offense with Gomes out. Gomes joins Nick Swisher, David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi on the growing DL for the team. Raburn and Giambi will begin rehab assignments over the next week in order to be added back to the roster after the Sept. 1 roster expansion, while Swisher is out for the remainder of the season following arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees.
It seems the Indians will now need to lean even heavier on young guns like Perez, Zach Walters, Jose Ramirez and Tyler Holt, though their lack of experience may be a detriment to the team down the stretch. The spreading injury bug ultimately could be the reason the Indians fail to return to the playoffs this year.