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Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Carlos Gomez

Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September.

Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him a six-week timetable to potentially resume baseball activities.

Assuming he experiences no major setbacks and needs just a couple weeks to get into game condition, Gomez could potentially return around mid-September and would definitely have time to be ready for a potential Brewers’ playoff run.

In the meantime they’ll turn to Nyjer Morgan as the everyday center fielder, which isn’t a huge change considering he’d already taken significant playing time away from Gomez based on their respective performances. Still, having Gomez around as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement would be plenty useful down the stretch.

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