Yan Gomes hobbled toward home plate on crutches to accept an award. The Cleveland catcher won't be getting back there anytime soon.
Gomes could be out of the Indians lineup for two months because of a sprained right knee ligament, an injury that dealt an early blow to a team expected to contend this season.
Gomes, one of the Indians' best players, suffered a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament on a play at the plate Saturday in a loss to Detroit. The team expects him to be out at least six weeks. An MRI at the Cleveland Clinic on Sunday revealed the sprain.
"Anytime you lose him for any amount of time it's not good," manager Terry Francona said after the Indians were swept by the Tigers with an 8-5 loss Sunday. "In the really big picture, it could have been worse. This is about what we thought after talking to the trainers last night."
Gomes' leg was jolted by Detroit's Rajai Davis, who slid hard on a force play and clipped the catcher's right leg as he was extended like a first baseman making a catch.
Gomes was placed on the 15-day disabled list before he and teammate Michael Brantley, who missed his fourth game because of a back issue, were on the field Sunday receiving their 2014 Silver Slugger Awards.
Gomes is the club's top righthanded power hitter and a solid defensive player. Last season, he led all AL catchers in average (.278) and extra-base hits (49). He was second in RBI (74) and homers (21) and handled one of baseball's youngest starting staffs.
• Miami infielder Don Kelly and catcher Jeff Mathis both left Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with similar injuries: Each broke the ring finger on his right hand while on defense. Kelly was hurt fielding a grounder at third base in the second inning. Mathis left after a pitch hit him.
• Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna was benched as punishment for being late to batting practice, and he apologized.
• The New York Yankees signed veteran righthander Kyle Davies, who has not pitched in the majors since 2011.