8/3/2014 7:50 P.M. ET
Atchison embraces role as elder statesman
By Alec Shirkey / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- On a team full of young pitchers, Scott Atchison has embraced his role as elder statesman of the Tribe bullpen. On Saturday, the 38-year-old reliever reminded teammates that, despite his age, he can still move around pretty well, too.
In the sixth inning of a then-tied ballgame, Atchison caught speedy Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus in a rundown play between third and home plate, lunging at Andrus to record the tag before he could return to safety.
"Just trying to show off my speed," Atchison joked. "I thought I had a pretty good chance judging by where his momentum was and where I was that I could get him. I'm maybe not as slow as I look."
Age jokes aside, Atchison has been an important cog in the Cleveland bullpen this season, posting a 2.77 ERA through 46 relief appearances since coming aboard on a Minor League contract in the offseason. He proved invaluable in the team's Saturday night win over the Rangers, as well, working 1 2/3 scoreless innings after inheriting a pair of baserunners from starter T.J. House.
"Atch is universally respected in our clubhouse and at the same time, probably teased to death," Tribe manager Terry Francona said on Sunday. "He's just a really good guy that hasn't been given a whole lot during his career. He's had to earn everything he's ever gotten and I think he appreciates what he has. That's maybe sometimes almost a rare combination.
"We thought coming into camp this year that if our rotation or our bullpen allowed us to use him like we wanted, that he could get to where he is. He's done a really good job."
Ailing Gomes pinch-hits, stays in lineup
CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes was out of the Indians' starting lineup for the second day in a row due to neck stiffness on Sunday, giving first-year man Roberto Perez the starting nod at catcher in his place. By the ninth inning of Sunday's game, however, he was feeling well enough to pinch-hit for Perez.
"We were going to hit him in the at-bat before if somebody got on," Tribe manager Terry Francona said.
Gomes collected a two-out single and then stayed in for the remainder of the game. The Brazilian-born backstop is hitting .283 with 14 home runs on the year and has appeared in 96 of the Tribe's 111 games.
Francona revealed that Gomes began experiencing discomfort on Friday, when he was removed in the sixth inning of the Tribe's blowout 12-2 win over the Rangers.
"Last night was a day off, which he knew he was going to get," Francona said before Sunday's game. "The idea when you give a guy a day off is to feel good physically and he comes back and he's battling his neck. I just don't know if that makes sense."
Swisher leaves game with right wrist injury
CLEVELAND -- Tribe designated hitter Nick Swisher was removed from Sunday's extra-innings win over the Rangers because of a strained right wrist.
After striking out in all three of his at-bats, Swisher was replaced by outfielder Chris Dickerson in the ninth inning. Cleveland manager Terry Francona disclosed that the 33-year-old suffered the injury while swinging at a breaking ball from Texas starter Yu Darvish in the sixth inning.
"He has a mild strain of his right wrist," Francona said. "He was looked at and showed pretty good strength. He'll be looked at tomorrow and we'll go from there."
Swisher spent time on the disabled list earlier this year with a hyperextended knee. The veteran hitter is batting .212/.283/.339 through 93 games and has found little success at the plate in 2014.
Quote to note
"We see him out there running around. Don't let him fool you, that guy's an athlete."
-- Reliever Cody Allen, on Atchison tagging out Andrus
• Chris Dickerson, who has been sidelined since leaving Thursday's game early with a minor knee injury, drew a walk while pinch-hitting for Swisher in the ninth inning. The outfielder's patient at-bat wound up setting the stage for David Murphy to send the game into extras with his pivotal two-run homer.
"That was a nice at-bat," Francona said. "If he doesn't get on, Murphy has a nice home run, but we're still down one."
• The Indians notched a 2-0 victory on Saturday without recording a single extra-base hit, marking the first time they have done so at Progressive Field since beating the Yankees on April 26, 2008.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.