Brewers center fielder feels pain after swinging strike; X-rays negative
SAN FRANCISCO -- After experiencing an alarming "pop" in his left wrist during a Sunday strikeout, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez needs further tests to determine whether he will miss time for a struggling team trying to hold on to first place in its division.
Gomez was hurt on a swinging strike two in the third inning against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Gomez continued the at-bat, doing a full 360-degree spin and dropping his bat on a swinging strike three before conferring with Brewers head athletic trainer Dan Wright back in the dugout.
Gerardo Parra took over in center field and played the rest of the Brewers' 15-5 loss.
"When I do my follow-through normal, I always let go with one hand. And I got stuck and I felt a pop," Gomez said of the swing in question. "When I felt it pop, it was a shooting pain. I had X-rays, which were negative, so it might be a nerve kind of twisted. Today, we don't think it's something bad."
Milwaukee's leadoff hitter for most of this season, Gomez is 4-for-20 so far on the Brewers' penultimate road trip, including a first-inning single Sunday on a bunt that Gomez popped up in the direction of third base. But he entered the day worth 4.8 wins above replacement, by the FanGraphs.com measure, good for seventh in the National League.
The Brewers are expected to have at least one outfielder, probably Logan Schafer, among their September callups for Monday's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Gomez is "doubtful" for that game, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, and may return to neighboring Milwaukee for further testing.