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Gomez sidelined with stomach virus

CHICAGO -- The good news for Carlos Gomez is his back finally feels good enough to play. The bad news is that he contracted some sort of stomach ailment Saturday night and was consequently held out of Sunday's rubber match with the Cubs.

Gomez said he was up all night vomiting and hadn't eaten anything since breakfast Saturday.

"I'm hoping more food than it is flu because we don't need the flu going around," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Gomez was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to lower back tightness that's been bothering him since Tuesday. Roenicke said Gomez was "probably" fine to play, but that it was ultimately best to give him an additional day of rest. Gomez said he was ready to play yesterday, but understood his manager's decision to play it safe.

"They decided to give me another day to feel better. It's better to miss one day than two weeks," Gomez said. "You saw my BP. I hit the ball good. I hit the ball out and [with] power.

"I mean, I was running yesterday and had the full practice yesterday. I expected to play today."

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for

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