Weekly Wroundtable: No Gomes, No Playoffs for Cleveland Indians?

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Better Now Than August

Sep 24, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Yan Gomes (right) celebrates his three-run home run with left fielder Michael Brantley (23) and first baseman Carlos Santana (41) in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Lada: No. They lost him in the first week of the season. Six to eight weeks puts him on track to be back around late May or early June. They will feel the hurt of losing his bat, but not much in defense thanks to the presence of Roberto Perez. Had they lost Gomes around June, yes, it becomes a much bigger derailment. The old saying is that you can’t win a division in April, but you can lose it. Losing Gomes isn’t the biggest of their issues right now and they need to find a way to stay afloat in April until they can get healthy.