Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was diagnosed with a strained left shoulder following an MRI scan on Monday and will avoid the disabled list for now.
Gomez, injured in a dive back to second base at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, was examined by Dr. Evan Lederman, a Brewers consulting physician, near the team hotel. The diagnosis arrived just as the Brewers took the field for batting practice at Chase Field.
“He’s day-to-day, he’s got a strain and he’s not doing anything today,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “We’ll let the medical people have him for a couple of days here and let them figure out what to do.”
During Gomez’s absence, Jim Edmonds and Jody Gerut will share time in center field. Edmonds started there Friday for the second straight game after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against the Dodgers on Thursday night.
Gomez was hurt in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s blowout win when he was caught in a rundown by the Dodgers. Gomez was able to scamper safely back to an uncovered second base, but he tweaked his right hand and hurt his left shoulder on an awkward dive back to the bag. Gomez remained in the game for the rest of that inning but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
He’s been banged up throughout his first month with the Brewers. Gomez also had an MRI earlier on this three-city road trip for a sore left knee, but was cleared to keep playing.