Gomes expects to start ALDS Game 1

All-Star catcher suffered right thumb injury in Game 161

Alex Hooper
October 02, 2018 - 3:03 pm
Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes hits an one-run double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell in the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Cleveland.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Terry Francona’s stint with the Cleveland Indians has seen many an ill-timed injury, so when All-Star catcher Yan Gomes left the team’s penultimate game of the regular season, it seemed as if the instance was more of the same.

When x-rays came back negative on Gomes’ right thumb, the news was good enough, though better news came prior to the team’s intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday. Gomes says he expects to start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros.

The 31-year-old Gomes still has two stitches in the thumb, which was visibly swollen and bruised.

“It’s just like, more right now it feels like a bad cut on my hand,” he said. “It’s on the outside, so it’s fine, the ball isn’t going to rub against it or anything.”

Gomes returned to baseball activities Tuesday, taking batting practice, but he did not participate in the day’s scrimmage.

Francona did not confirm that Gomes would be the starter on Friday, but more than indicated it.

“He’s doing really well,” the skipper said. “He has it covered right now, but I think, just talking to him, I think he felt like he could’ve played yesterday.”