CLEVELAND -- The Indians hoped to avoid placing starting catcher Yan Gomes on the disabled list, but that step became necessary on Saturday.
Prior to their game against the Astros, the Indians placed Gomes on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list after the catcher still displayed some symptoms. The Tribe then added some depth behind the plate by acquiring catcher Chris Gimenez from the Rangers in exchange for future considerations.
"We just put [Gomes] on the seven-day disabled list," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Saturday's game. "He did some things today and just still feels some symptoms. This isn't something you can rush through."
The 27-year-old Gomes was struck in the left side of the mask on Thursday, when a pitch from Corey Kluber glanced off the left arm of Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki before hitting Gomes. The catcher finished that fifth inning, but he was then replaced behind the plate in the sixth by rookie catcher Roberto Perez.
Perez will serve as Cleveland's primary catcher for now, while Gimenez will slide into the backup role. The 31-year-old Gimenez also played for the Indians in parts of the 2009-10 seasons. He has hit .215 in 177 big league games between stints with Cleveland, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Texas. Gimenez hit .262 in 34 games this season for Texas.
Gomes said on Friday that he experienced dizziness shortly after being struck by the deflected pitch, but the catcher noted that he felt improvement. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but he was cleared for some light activities on Friday to see if there were any lingering issues.
"I think he actually had a really good day. He got a little bit active," Francona said. "This is just something that, it's not like a hamstring, where you can nurse it along or you can stretch. When you start messing around with somebody's head, you've got to adhere to the regulations.
"You just can't let a player that's willing to try to play do something he shouldn't do. That's just not right."
Through 109 games this season, Gomes has hit .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. The catcher has been one of Cleveland's hottest hitters in the second half, posting a .351 average to go along with five home runs, nine doubles, 17 RBIs and a .974 OPS through 29 games.