Why Yan Gomes’ Shoulder Injury Might Just Matter to the Brewers

Here’s a snippet of what I originally wrote for Today’s Knuckleball. Find the full article here: http://www.todaysknuckleball.com/around-the-diamonds/yan-gomes-injury-could-impact-lucroy-and-the-rangers/

The seemingly seized Jonathan Lucroy trade market might have gotten some grease from an unlikely source yesterday.

Cleveland’s starting backstop, Yan Gomes, separated his shoulder on Sunday in a tumble at first base. It’s a potentially season-ending injury, one that could quickly see his front office searching for a fill-in if not a straight upgrade.

After all, while Gomes is a terrific defender (receiving, game-calling, throwing, blocking) his offense this season has left much to be desired. Gomes has a .165/.198/.313 slash line in 262 plate appearances.

Let the record once again reflect that this is a position player. By the somewhat simple and somewhat flawed OPS statistic, Gomes (.511) is behind such notable sluggers as Madison Bumgarner, Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright, Francisco Liriano, Joe Ross, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Martinez, Robbie Ray, Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole…

That list is conspicuous in that it contains all starting pitchers. And with the plaudits heaped on the relative offensive prowess of Bumgarner, Syndergaard, and Corbin, the platitudes which can be assigned to that of Gomes are stark in their divergence.

Cleveland enters the day at 54-37 which not only positions them with the best winning percentage (.593) in the American League, but is also good for a 6.5 game lead in the its Central Division. They aren’t desperate — they’ll tell you as much if you ask them — but whether they actually think they’re best served by hoping Roberto Perez will be able to fill in for Gomes is something they would understandably keep closer to their collective vest

Again, view the full article here: http://www.todaysknuckleball.com/around-the-diamonds/yan-gomes-injury-could-impact-lucroy-and-the-rangers/



  1. bpvsev

    I read your full article on Knuckleball. Great read. My questions: In the event of a trade, does Maldonado take over #2 F/T? Is there someone in AAA they’re looking at, to bring up? Are we trading for anyone right now? MOST CURIOUS: Is there any consideration for a platoon behind the plate??

    • Brewer Nation

      Technically every catching situation is a platoon. If you mean hard and fast it would depend on the skills of the catcher who replaced Lucroy.

      Short-term the Brewers likely bring up Manny Pina who has been crushing the ball all year for Colorado Springs. As for who is the lead catcher, it’ll likely start with Maldy and adjust as necessary.

      • bpvsev

        Thank you. Would you post some stats and personal information on Manny Pina, please?

      • Brewer Nation

        29 year old from Venezuela. Originally signed by Texas back in ’04. Not much MLB service time. Was a PCL All-Star this year.

        Hitting .343/.379/.556 with 21 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI.

        He’s not the long-term answer but he’d be plenty fine to fill a job for the rest of this year while the hopefully future long-term starter Jacob Nottingham continues maturing.

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