Gomez drives in 2 after initially getting day off

Outfielder dealing with soreness in left side

July 26th, 2017

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder has been playing with some soreness in his left side, which is why he was originally given a day off on Wednesday. He pinch-hit in the sixth inning and took over in center during a 22-10 loss to the Marlins at Globe Life Park.

Gomez produced a sacrifice fly before coming in to play defense for . He also drew a walk and a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

"He has been battling it for a little while, which is typical this time of year," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Gomez was supposed to get two days in a row because the Rangers are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Orioles on Friday at Globe Life Park.

"He has been getting treatment for it," Banister said. "He hasn't complained. That's why we used him [Monday] at DH. We are going to try and freshen him up a little and see if that will help."

Drew Robinson started in center field for the first time at the Major League level. He made 15 starts at the position at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Catcher is also sidelined with a sprained left ankle he sustained on Sunday against the Rays. Chirinos is not on the disabled list, but he is available only in an emergency. He is hoping to be at full strength on Friday after the off-day.

"It's good," Chirinos said. "I went out today and [did] some catching work and threw to bases, and ran a little bit. I feel good. Better than yesterday, so it's improving every day. That's good."

Beltre vs. Hernandez

The Mariners' rotation is set up so that right-hander is scheduled to pitch on Monday against the Rangers. That's not completely certain because the Mariners have an off-day on Thursday and could move Hernandez up to Sunday against the Mets.

But if Hernandez pitches on Monday against the Rangers, it would set up the possibility of getting his 3,000th hit off his close friend. Their friendly on-going rivalry has always been a thing of beauty.

"It would be awesome," Beltre said. "I would have some bragging rights forever."

Beltre and Hernandez were teammates with the Mariners from 2005-09. Beltre is 12-for-51 (.235) with one home run off Hernandez in his career.

Worth noting

• Joey Gallo, 23, has 25 home runs before Aug. 1. The only other Rangers player to hit 25 homers in a season before Aug. 1 at the age of 23 or younger is Juan Gonzalez. He did it from 1992-93, leading the league in home runs both years.

• The Rangers are the only American League team to have three players with 20-plus home runs. hit his 20th on Tuesday, joining Gallo and Mike Napoli (22).

• The Rangers will honor this weekend's induction of Ivan Rodriguez into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by wearing a jersey patch and special game socks for all three games against the Orioles. The Rangers will wear a special RODRIGUEZ 7 patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys and special red Stance Socks that include PUDGE and 7 on the sides.