CLEVELAND: Catcher Yan Gomes was minding his own business as the Columbus Clippers played at Louisville on Sunday when he was yanked from the game in the seventh inning.
“They just told me something was going on,” said Gomes, who a little later learned he was being called up by the Indians.
Gomes, the first Brazilian-born player to play in the big leagues, was behind the plate for the Tribe and batted ninth.
What worried him?
“Nothing really,” he said. “Because it’s that same game kind of thing but in better stadiums and with a lot more people watching.”
He called his wife, Jessica, at their home in Knoxville, Tenn., with the news, and she climbed into Gomes’ Ford 150 pickup truck for a seven- or eight-hour drive to Cleveland, figuring to arrive at Progressive Field for first pitch.
Gomes also called his parents, who follow his minor-league games almost pitch-by-pitch on the Internet.
“When they saw I was taken out of the game, they thought I was injured,” he said. “They watch the box scores as the game is in progress.”
HOW MANY FINGERS? — Carlos Santana said he called for a slider; Chris Perez thought he got the sign to throw a fastball.
The cross-up cost Santana a trip to the hospital for X-rays on his left thumb, which were negative.
“I thought it was broken because it hurt so much,” Santana said. “So what I found out at the hospital made me happy.”
Santana shouldn’t be out more than a few days, but how will the absence affect his hot start at the plate?
“I feel a little sad that this will keep me from playing,” he said. “I was off to a great start. But maybe it will only be a couple of days. We’ll see what happens.”
In the first seven games, Santana is batting .500 (13-for-26) with four doubles, two home runs and five RBI.
NO RUSH TO JUDGMENT — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well in his first start and poorly in his second. How does that affect his status?
“We have to be a lot more patient than one more start,” manager Terry Francona said. “Yesterday he was flying open, and he didn’t have good direction to the plate. That took away from his deception and left-handers got a good look at his pitches.”
Jimenez gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 4⅓ innings.
His velocity was shockingly low, with many fastballs registering no higher than 88 mph on the radar gun.
FARM FACTS — Adam Abraham homered and drove in three runs, as Columbus defeated Louisville 7-2. David Huff gave up two unearned runs in 4⅔ innings … Joseph Wendle had three hits, including a double, and Bryson Myles doubled, singled and drove in two runs, but Carolina lost 7-6 to Wilmington in Class A. … Eric Haase and Joe Sever each had two hits and one RBI in Lake County’s 6-5 loss to Great Lakes in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker