The Cleveland Indians need more offensively from 28-year old righty swinging catcher Yan Gomes. Gomes has played in 41 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 26 of 152 (.171 avg, .552 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers and 26 RBIs. He has also only walked 7 times against 43 whiffs so far this year. Despite the low batting average and OPS, Gomes is still #4 on the team in homers and #3 on the team in RBIs. Gomes will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate because the Tribe doesn’t really have a legit alternative to playing him. The backup catcher right now is 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez. He has played in 14 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .723 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs. If 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez was healthy (he’s out due to a fractured right thumb), the Indians could rest Gomes more. Perez has played in 4 games for the Tribe this year before breaking his thumb and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .400 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.
UPDATE: (6/8/2016) – Yan Gomes was hit by a foul tip in last night’s game and he has a testicular contusion. This is going to make him miss some time for the Tribe. Chris Gimenez will take over as the starting catcher until Gomes is ready to return to action with Carlos Santana backing him up.