Almonte, Gomes exit game early

May 10th, 2017

TORONTO -- The Indians' nicked up outfield was dealt another blow in the second inning of an 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, when a right shoulder injury forced to exit the game.

On a flyout to end the top of the second, Almonte was slow out of the batter's box and up the first-base line, favoring his right arm. After a brief meeting with head athletic trainer James Quinlan and manager Terry Francona on the field, Almonte left the game.

Indians catcher also left the game in the third inning due to illness. Gomes doubled as part of a five-run outburst in the third and was then replaced behind the plate by catcher in the home half of the inning.

"Abe strained his shoulder on the swing," Francona said. "He's day to day. I don't think it's anything worse than that. Gomer just ate something before the game. Intestinal turmoil. He just wasn't feeling very good."

Utility man took over in center field for Almonte instead of . During Tuesday's win over Toronto, Chisenhall took a pitch off his left index finger on a bunt attempt in the eighth inning. Francona said prior to Wednesday's game that Chisenhall was fine, and he entered in the eighth inning on Wednesday as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-1.

After the loss, Francona explained that he wanted to keep Chisenhall on Cleveland's depleted bench as a pinch-hitter.

The Indians are also temporarily without left fielder , who sprained his right ankle on Sunday in Kansas City. Brantley is expected to be ready to return to the lineup on Friday, when the Indians open a three-game weekend series with the Twins.

On the season, Almonte has turned in a .222/.330/.321 slash line in 30 games for the Indians.