Gomes to come off of bench while dealing with hamstring tendinitis

The catcher is available but will not start

Alex Hooper
August 04, 2018 - 6:41 pm
Jul 13, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) misplays the ball on a sacrifice hit by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner as New York Yankees second baseman Neil Walker (14) sores during the fifth inning at Progressive

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels after scoring a run in the second inning on a single from Leonys Martin.

The first-time All-Star underwent an MRI on Friday night, revealing right hamstring tendonitis. Gomes will not start for the ‘next couple of days,’ according to Manager Terry Francona, but will be available.

“If it lingered longer, then we’d have to maybe think about the DL, but I think the way it sits now, I don’t think we’re going to have to do that,” Francona said. “He came in feeling pretty good today.”

Gomes has been dealing with the ailment for ‘a while,’ Francona added.

The 31-year-old backstop is slashing .243/.298/.425 through 79 games in 2018, but just .209/.229/.343 in the past month.

One option for the Indians, should they decide to send Gomes to the disabled list, is Triple-A catcher Eric Haase, a power-hitting bat who is respected for his ability behind the dish.

Upon his return to Cleveland, reliever Andrew Miller called pitching to the 25-year-old prospect ‘a treat.’ Francona echoed those sentiments.

“Guys enjoy throwing to him because he cares so much about running the game and getting the pitcher through the game. And those are the things we saw in spring training, even in a small sample,” the skipper said. “He’s a very interesting guy. At points in his career he’s hitting better than at other times. Strong kid, so he’s got power. But his catching… he may not have the arm that Perez or Gomes has, but he does such a good job behind the plate with pitchers that they all seem to like throwing to him.”

Haase is slashing .240/.298/.434 in 97 appearances in Columbus, with a 103 wRC+. According to FanGraphs, the backstop projects as a below average hitter with above average in-game power and plus-plus raw power. Haase also projects as a below average defensive catcher with a  slightly above average arm.