The Brewers just announced that center fielder Carlos Gomez will begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Friday at Triple-A Nashville. He expects to return to active duty for the Brewers one week later.
Gomez, who has not played since he was struck in the head by a pitch on Aug. 2 in Chicago, is eligible for reinstatement from the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 18 but he doesn’t expect to rejoin the Brewers until two days later. That’s because the big league team finishes a brief, two-game series in St. Louis on the 18th, then is off on Aug. 19.
“Why fly to St. Louis for one day, then fly home and be off?” he said. “This way I can play for Nashville two [extra] days and come back.”
Gomez isn’t shy about the fact he would have preferred to avoid a DL stint in the first place. The Brewers list his injury as a concussion, but Gomez says he suffered no symptoms at all other than a sore spot where the Brian Schlitter pitch struck the left side of his helmet. The Brewers say results of a cognitive and motor skills test were inconclusive so they decided to be cautious, but Gomez says that test was flawed because of a poor Spanish translation.
“I really don’t understand the reason,” for the DL assignment, Gomez said, “but it’s OK. I’m ready to go.”