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Yan Gomes exits game with concussion-like symptoms

Please be okay. Please be okay. Please be okay....

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Yan Gomes exited this afternoon's game shortly after being struck in the mask by a pitch that deflected off of the arm of Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki in the 5th inning. His exited was initially described as "illness," and with naseau being a well known and common symptom of a concussion, it would seem there's a reasonable chance Gomes has suffered at least a mild one.

Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian tweeted after the game that while the illness was along the lines of what would be considered concussion-like, but that it had not yet been ruled a concussion. Gomes declined comment after the game, but Terry Francona told reporters that Gomes was feeling better. I guess that's better than Francona saying Gomes was feeling worse, but I don't really put any stock in what a manager says about a player's health status so soon after the injury takes place, especially with something like a potential concussion.

Teams (understandably and rightfully) now take concussions very seriously, and Gomes will be monitored this evening and in the morning. I suspect he'll miss at least Friday night's opener back in Cleveland against the Astros, but hopefully he won't need to miss any more time than that, as he's one of the two or three most important players on the team, and the team is still clinging to the edge of contention.