CLEVELAND: Conventional wisdom says that Yan Gomes will become the Indians’ everyday catcher in 2014, and that Carlos Santana will spend most of his time at designated hitter and as a part-time first baseman, when Nick Swisher needs a break.
Manager Terry Francona had high praise for Gomes.
“”Gomes is doing so well, it just makes sense that when he plays that we use him at catcher,’’ Francona said. “”Carlos can play first and DH, but fortunately for us, we have two everyday catchers.’’
Many fans might forget that Gomes came to the Tribe last winter as a utility player, who not only can catch but play third, first and the outfield, positions that do not appear to be part of his future.
Asked about his proficiency at handling pitchers, Francona said, “”He’s done a terrific job…..It’s fun to watch guys get better.’’
Forget about Justin Masterson missing just one start. He won’t even pick up a ball for a week.
“”The first six or seven days we just want it to settle down, then we’ll see where we’re at,’’ Francona said.
Masterson left his start last Monday with a strained left oblique.