The Milwaukee Brewers received a scare on Saturday afternoon when star center fielder Carlos Gomez strained his neck in an outfield collision. The team received good news on Sunday, then, as Gomez is day to day and should be able to return at the beginning of the week.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports the following:
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was feeling better than expected the morning after his outfield collision on Saturday and deemed himself available to play, but he began the finale against the Brewers on the bench out of caution.
The Brewers actually ended up using Ryan Braun, the guy on the other end of the collision, in center field to fill the rest of the game on Saturday, something Braun said he could do moving forward if the team needed him to. That course of action is something the Brewers would likely prefer to avoid, however, to keep Braun’s legs fresh. That’s not to mention the fact that Gomez is one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, giving the Brewers an advantage anytime he is out there.
Any more serious injury would have come at an unfortunate time for the Brewers, as they look poised to make a charge and take control of the top of the National League Central. With their victories over the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday, the team is now 20 games over .500 and has the most wins in baseball.
Gomez should be able to return to the lineup when the Brewers take on the Blue Jays in an intriguing inter-league series this week.