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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Carlos Gomez returns to lineup

By on 6/19/2014 11:00:00 AM

Brewers All-Star Gold-Glove center fielder Carlos Gomez sat out two games with a sore hamstring, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwauke Journal-Sentinal. Gomez returned for Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting cleanup and going 1 for 3 with a walk. For the season, Gomez is hitting .313/.381/.544 (OPS+ 141) with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 65 games, having lost a few days in May to lower back tightness and a bruised wrist, and in April to a suspension. The Brewers (43-30) lead the NL Central by 3.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals (39-33).

Gomez, 28, is in his eighth major league season (Mets, Twins, Brewers). For the first five he was nothing special offensively, averaging .243/.291/.357, but his outstanding defense kept him employed. In 2012 he "figured it out," posting a line of  .260/.305/.463 with 19 homers and 37 stolen bases. He was even better in 2013, his All-Star season, hitting .284/.338/.506 (OPS+ 129) with 24 homers and 40 stolen bases, while winning a Gold Glove. He was remarkable for the number of times he robbed opponents of home runs by leaping catches at the fence.

Originally signed by the Mets in 2002 out of the Dominican Republic, Gomez made his debut on May 13, 2007. The Mets traded him in February 2008 with Deolis Guerra (minors), Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. In November 2009 the Twins traded him to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy. Gomez is in the second year of a 4-year $28.3 million contract that takes him through 2016.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats

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