Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s eighth-inning scramble back to second base on Wednesday could prove costly. His right hand was swollen after his half-headfirst slide, half-belly flop, but the real concern was Gomez’s left shoulder, which will be examined further on Thursday.
“My hand is going to be all right,” Gomez said. “I don’t know about my shoulder.”
Gomez was at first base on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning when Ryan Braun hit an RBI single to right field. Gomez fell after making the turn for third base and was briefly caught in a rundown, but he was able to scamper back safely and flop into second base.
He lay in the dirt for a moment while members of the Brewers’ athletic training staff gave him a look. Gomez remained in the game and eventually scored, then played the bottom of the inning in center field before giving way to a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth.
Gomez was 1-for-5 with a pair of runs in Wednesday’s 11-3 win and is batting .276 this season with a .321 on-base percentage. He’s third on the team with 16 runs scored.