There has been a lot of speculation in the industry about whether the Cleveland Indians would seek an alternative to catcher Yan Gomes because of his significant struggles at the plate. He has hit .165, with a .511 OPS. Through the first half of this season that wasn't necessarily a front-burner type of issue for the Indians.
But now Gomes is hurt, which occurred during this play when he dislocated his shoulder.
He'll be placed on the disabled list Monday and the Indians will activate Roberto Perez, who was rehabbing at Triple-A Columbus as he recovered from a broken right thumb.
"The X-rays showed it's a dislocated shoulder," said Gomes, his right arm in a sling. "There is something sticking out of it right now."
While Gomes' injury might end his season, the Indians' immediate response was that they were not going to go out and pursue an established catcher such as Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy. As of now, they believe Roberto Perez is ready to guide one of MLB's top pitching staffs through the rest of the season and, perhaps, into the postseason.
If the Indians shifted in their thinking, there would be options in the market to consider.