Surgery for Gomez, Kintzler
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez will undergo surgery Monday to straighten and stabilize his fractured left collarbone, but club officials expect him back on the field before the end of the regular season.
The surgical fix was chosen after Gomez was examined by the team’s head physician, Dr. William Raasch. He determined that bone was sufficiently broken to require a metal plate or rod to aid the healing process.
“It’s hard to say a time because when they go in there they don’t know exactly what they’re going to do,” Roenicke said. “He definitely should be back at some point.”
Gomez was hurt making a sensational diving catch in Wednesday’s win at Arizona. He traveled back to Milwaukee in great pain on Thursday, accompanied by Brewers Latin liaison Rolando Valles.
Roenicke also said right-hander Brandon Kintzler would have a screw surgically inserted Tuesday to repair a stress fracture in his right forearm. Kintzler’s return this season is not completely ruled-out, but he likely faces longer odds than Gomez because it takes more time for a pitcher to build-up to game readiness.
Kintzler made the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, but appeared in only nine games before he was shut down with what was initially diagnosed as triceps tendonitis. A subsequent bone scan revealed the fracture.
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