Gomez expected to hit DL

It was Carlos Gomez Sr. who taught his boy to play at full speed or don’t play at all, good advice that sometimes comes with a price.

The Brewers were making plans Saturday to place Gomez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring he suffered hustling to first base on a routine fly out Friday night. The team feels set in the outfield even without the speedy Gomez, so an infielder is expected to arrive from Triple-A Nashville in time for Sunday’s series finale at AT&T Park.

A dejected Gomez was feeling “much better” by Saturday morning, but said he’d need about a week of rest to avoid further hamstring damage. Gomez’s best asset is speed.

“It’s hard for a guy like me to take a chance if it is torn a little bit,” he said. “You don’t want to go to the field and tear it completely, because then you are going to lose a lot of time.”

If it were a different player, and a different situation, the Brewers might have resisted a DL move. But left fielder Ryan Braun has been dealing with a tight right Achilles (he was back in the lineup Saturday) and the Brewers did not want to risk playing a man short for a full week.

Then there’s Gomez’s all-out style, which has made him a valuable bench player and occasional Brewers starter but has also sent him to the DL every year since he was traded from Minnesota to Milwaukee. In May 2010, he hurt his left shoulder diving into second base. Last July, he fractured his left collarbone making a terrific diving catch at Arizona.

On Friday night, he was hustling to first base on a fly out to center field. When Gomez rounded first and put on the brakes, he felt his left hamstring “grab.”

“It’s really bad and frustrating that … you’re hurt when you play the game right and do exactly what you’re supposed to do,” Gomez said.

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