Indians' Gomes could miss 2 months with separated shoulder

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes (10) is tagged out by Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Minneapolis. Gomes was injured on this play and had to leave the game. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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CLEVELAND (AP) Indians catcher Yan Gomes could miss two months after separating his right shoulder.

Gomes got hurt Sunday when he took a hard fall while running to first base in Minnesota. The team said Monday that Gomes does not need surgery at this time and that he will be sidelined for at least one month. The 28-year-old had been struggling at the plate, batting just .165 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 71 games.

To take Gomes' roster spot, the Indians activated catcher Roberto Perez from the 60-day disabled list. He had been out since April 30, when he broke his right thumb while tagging a runner in Philadelphia. He had surgery on May 6.

Perez will likely slide back into the starting lineup with Chris Gimenez backing him up.

The injury to Gomes could push the AL Central-leading Indians to make a trade before the deadline.