It was clear the moment Yan Gomes went down against the Minnesota Twins yesterday that something was wrong with his shoulder.
Now the Cleveland Indians have confirmed that Gomes has an AC joint separation and he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks while he recovers.
The good news for Gomes is that surgery does not look necessary at this time, but he will miss a good portion of the Indians push for the playoffs. At best, based on current estimates, he could return by mid-August and at worst he will be back in September.
Gomes' injury occurred in the fifth inning of yesterday's win over the Twins when Gomes was tagged mid-stride and ended up landing on first base awkwardly, then tumbling directly onto his shoulder. Earlier in the game, Gomes broke out of an 0-for-27 slump. The entire season has been a rough one for the Indians catcher, and he is on pace to have one of the worst offensive seasons in almost a century. His .165/.198/.313 slash is the worst in the majors by a longshot.
Roberto Perez, who was previously on a rehab assignment for a broken thumb, will replace Gomes on the roster and is batting ninth in tonight's game. This will Perez's first start in the majors since April.
In another roster move, the Indians have recalled lefty reliever Kyle Crockett and optioned Cody Anderson back to Triple-A. The Indians were missing a lefty reliever in their pen and it just so happens Crockett is left-handed.