The Milwaukee Brewers have managed to keep up their great play this season despite some bad luck with injuries. They were without Ryan Braun for a number of games, followed by a five game absence from star outfielder Carlos Gomez. With all of that they are still 27-17 and in first place in the National League Central.
Gomez is returning to the Brewers lineup after a five game absence due to a back injury and a stomach bug. Gomez had the following to say about his status (per Joe Morgan of MLB.com):
“It’s still weak, but it’s good enough to play today. Sometimes, you don’t have to be 100 percent to play, so I’ve decided to play today. It’s still weak and still painful, but at least I ate today.”
If we know anything about Gomez by now, we know that this discomfort and weakness will not stop him from showboating and enjoying his own accomplishments if he makes a nice play or hits a home run in Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
Following a breakout season, Gomez has played solid baseball once again in 2014. Through 39 games he is slashing .290/.369/.555 in addition to his usual elite defense in center field. If the Brewers have hopes to turn their fast start into a playoff appearance this season, they will need Gomez making his usual, loud impact in the middle of the lineup and in the outfield.