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Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

Aug 23, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch.  He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week.  Now he’s coming back to the big leagues.

According to MLB.com Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, Gomez passed a round of tests on Monday morning and will be activated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. 

But he might not be in the starting lineup.

Gomez was batting just .228/.386/.350 with five home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI in 75 games before the injury and Lorenzo Cain has since captured his starting job.

Cain, 24, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday’s loss to the Padres, but he has a .333/.377/.458 batting line overall with four doubles, a triple and three stolen bases in 16 games since his early-August promotion.  The Brewers may decide to move one of the two young outfielders in what should be a busy offseason in Milwaukee.

  1. David - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    I can’t believe this was the guy the twins took for Johan. Him and Humber, a middle reliever for the Royals (and not a very good one).

  2. MN Boise Fan - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Santana was traded for Gomez, Humber, Mulvey and Guerra. Gomez was traded for Hardy, and Mulvey was essentially traded for Rausch (silly waiver rules made this a complicated set of transactions, but it was a cover for a Mulvey-Rausch swap). Guerra is still in the minors, and humber was let go. While not glorious, Santana for Hardy, Rausch, and a prospect isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened.

  3. bbeer - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Gomez sucks. I am excited about the Brew Crew’s offseason though. Prince should be traded, hopefully for Matt Cain cuz that would be cool. Gomez should be dealt for a back rotation pitcher. The young guys in the lineup (Cain, Escobar, Lucroy, McGehee and Axford, Loe, Braddock in the pen) are all coming into their potential. Hopefully next season will be a good one

  4. Sam Lee - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Last year he was considered the best defensive outfielder in baseball – IOW, he’s great. Other teams have light hitting CFs and the fans don’t declare that they “suck.” Trading Fielder for 2 years of Cain at about $11 million per isn’t cool.

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