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Carlos Gomez placed on disabled list with concussion

Aug 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

Is it just me, or have there been an abnormal amount of head injuries lately?

Carlos Gomez is just one of the latest victims. He was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cubs right-hander Brian Schlitter on Monday night. After being held out of the lineup for the past two games, the Brewers placed Gomez on the disabled list Friday with a concussion, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Gomez was scheduled to undergo testing Thursday to evaluate whether he was ready to return to the lineup, so it sounds like the Brewers are playing it safe here. As they should.

All Brewers fans surely wish Gomez the best, but one interesting wrinkle is that 24-year-old outfielder Lorenzo Cain will replace him on the 25-man roster. Gomez’s struggles combined with a resurgent season for Cain with Triple-A Nashville have many wondering who the center fielder of the future will be. Cain only managed five at-bats during a brief three-game stint with the club last month, but he should get a long look now.

  1. Buccofan - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I have Ryan Howard, Kevin Youkilis, and Gomez on the same team. I’ve had better weeks.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    It’s not just you. Back when George Bush was in office, he was a sort of archetypal head injury who carried the collective concussion around for all of us. Once he left office, though, we were all freed to have head injuries of our own once again. Perhaps when Bud Light deteriorates out of office, he should give Shrub the job and perhaps ballplayers, at least, would be liberated to smash up their knees, elbows, ribs and shoulders again without having to worry about banging their heads and allowing contaminated air to rush in through the cracks.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    More head injuries? Or more proper attention paid to them? Since the NFL has been (rightfully) dragged over the coals about concussions, it’s likely that MLB trainers and doctors are not treating such things lightly. And we both remember how badly the Mets handled Ryan Church’s concussion. And how cautiously they approached Dark Helmet last season (and Bay thus far now).

  4. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    I think that’s exactly it. There’s an increased awareness of the seriousness and potential consequences of concussions, and teams are taking less chances with them. Good. Next step is introducing actual helmets to the sport, as opposed to the children’s toys they use now.

  5. The Rabbit - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Great theory but I certainly wouldn’t want to prove it by putting the Shrub in a leadership position.

  6. bbeer - Aug 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    I think you have a head injury.

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