Indians’ Gomes exits hurt day after ‘sacrifice’

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins because of a right shoulder injury.

Gomes suffered the injury when he fell and landed awkwardly on his shoulder while running to first base. Gomes’ right arm was put in a sling, and he was carted off the field.

Gomes stepped awkwardly on first base as he tried to avoid the swipe tag of first baseman Kennys Vargas, who was pulled off the bag on the throw from Eduardo Nunez.

The Indians announced that Gomes would have his injury evaluated further on Monday in Cleveland.

Before the injury, Gomes was 1-for-2 Sunday to raise his average this season to .165.

Gomes’ hit, a double, snapped an 0-for-27 hitless streak. The ball hit the foot of Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson and trickled into the outfield through a hole at shortstop, allowing Gomes to reach second base.

On Saturday, the Indians held what second baseman Jason Kipnis described as a “sacrificial ceremony” for Gomes in the clubhouse before their game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

They took a page from the movie “Major League,” including a chicken offering to the baseball gods and Jobu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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