The Indians traded Gomes to the Nationals in exchange for Daniel Johnson on Friday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Gomes will likely split time with the recently-signed Kurt Suzuki at the catching position after spending the past six seasons as the primary backstop for Cleveland. The 31-year-old slashed .266/.313/.449 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 112 games in 2018. Look for Gomes to provide decent value as a cheaper option at a very thin catcher position.
Manager Terry Francona said that Gomes will start Game 1 of the ALDS versus Houston on Friday and will not have any restrictions in his throwing hand after requiring a two stitches in his right thumb last weekend, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Fortunately for Gomes, the stitches weren't placed in a spot that will impact his throwing or hitting. The backstop was able to throw to the bases during a workout session in Houston and didn't appear to have any issues, so consider him ready to go for this series.
Gomes (thumb) is not playing in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage but expects to be ready to go for the start of the ALDS on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Gomes missed the final game of the season after getting stitches in his thumb Saturday. He should be ready to be the starter behind the plate for the first game against the Astros. Roberto Perez will get the call if Gomes needs another day to recover.
Gomes (thumb) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Gomes suffered a right thumb bruise and laceration that required stitches Saturday, so it's not surprising to see him held out of the regular-season finale. The 31-year-old is day-to-day for now, and his ability or lack thereof to participate in Tuesday's intrasquad game should help determine his recovery timeline, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The ALDS begins Friday at Houston, so Gomes will have most of the week to test things out. Eric Haase will start behind the plate for the Indians on Sunday.
Gomes, who left Saturday's game in the third inning, was diagnosed with a right thumb contusion and laceration, though X-rays were negative for structural damage, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The catcher was removed from Saturday's game after Alex Gordon's backswing hit his hand during its backswing while Gomes while trying to throw out Adalberto Mondesi trying to steal a base. He was replaced by Roberto Perez, who might have to crouch Sunday if the Indians decide to rest Gomes, who's day-to-day as of this news and probably is best saved for the postseason. The veteran wound up getting stitches to address the injury but is expected to have them removed in a few days, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.