Results tagged ‘ Carlos Gomez ’

Gomez out with stiff back

Center fielder Carlos Gomez is the latest Brewers regular to show up on the injury report. He was supposed to start Monday’s game against the Giants, but complained of a stiff back so Brandon Boggs is playing instead. 

It’s a minor setback, but those have been piling up for the Brewers. Of the nine projected Opening Day starters, seven have lost at least a handful of Cactus League innings to a medical issue. Pitcher Zack Greinke (cracked rib), catcher Jonathan Lucroy (fractured finger) and right fielder Corey Hart (rib-cage strain) have not played at all because of more serious injuries, and second baseman Rickie Weeks (groin), shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt (right quadriceps), left fielder Ryan Braun (rib-cage strain) and now Gomez have come out of a game early or missed a start as a precaution. Plus, closer John Axford got a late start because of food poisoning.
First baseman Prince Fielder and third baseman Casey McGehee have been able to stay on their schedules. 
Perspective is in order, because none of the setbacks in Brewers camp have threatened a player’s season. Betancourt left Sunday’s game early, but he could be back in action as early as Tuesday. Braun returned to the lineup Monday after exiting Saturday with his rib strain. Weeks’ groin issue seems to have passed. Hart is making significant progress in recent days and was to begin swinging a bat on Monday. Lucroy will have the pin in his finger removed next week and is on track for Opening Day. 
Maybe the Brewers are just getting their injuries out of the way early. Better now than during the regular season. 
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Gomez can cash in with regular play

The Zack Greinke trade was potentially lucrative to Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, who can earn up to $100,000 in incentives if he’s the regular center fielder. 

The contract Gomez signed Friday pays a $1.5 million base salary, plus $25,000 each for 450, 475, 500 and 525 plate appearances. His chances of reaching those marks improved dramatically over the weekend when the Brewers traded Lorenzo Cain in a package to the Royals for Greinke. Gomez and Chris Dickerson are now the favorites to man center in 2011.
Last season, Gomez batted .247 in 318 plate appearances. He was the Opening Day center fielder, but later lost playing time to the rookie Cain. 
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Winter Leagues roundup

Brewers PR man Ken Spindler put together a list of Brewers players participating in the various Winter Leagues. Here are some highlights:

Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar is off to a quiet start in the Venezuelan Winter League and headlines a list of 26 players with Brewers ties who played on after the end of the U.S. summer season. 
Escobar was hitting .211 with a .248 on-base percentage through Wednesday, when he played his 24th game for the Cardenales de Lara. He returned home looking to build off a rookie season in the Majors in which Escobar hit .235 with a .288 OBP, four home runs, 45 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. 
Two of Escobar’s September teammates were also playing in Winter Leagues. Outfielder Carlos Gomez batted .269 with four RBIs and 11 runs in 19 games through Nov. 19 for Escogido in the Dominican Republic, and infielder Luis Cruz is active in Culiacan, Mexico, batting .293 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 34 games including a two-hit night Wednesday. 
A total of 14 Brewers players are participating in Winter Leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico after 12 players took part in the Arizona Fall League. 
In addition to Gomez, the Brewers’ Dominican League contingent includes infielder Erick Almonte, who is batting .277 with 3 home runs and 19 RBIs in 43 games for the same team that featured Gomez.  Right-handed pitcher Zack Segovia, who signed a Minor League contract with Milwaukee in November and will be in big league Spring Training camp, has gone 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA and eight saves in 16 relief appearances with Estrellas. 
In the Mexican Winter League, longtime Brewers farmhand Brendan Katin batted .261 with one home run and three RBIs in six games in October prior to joining the Venezuela Winter League, where he has played in eight games.  Right-hander Josh Butler made five appearances, four starts, with Hermosillo. 
The Brewers are represented by five players in the Puerto Rican Winter League.  Infielder Sergio Miranda leads the league with a .364 batting average to go along with 16 RBIs in 32 games with San Juan.  Left-hander Efrain Nieves is also playing for San Juan and has gone 2-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 10 games including eight starts.  Right-handers Hiram Burgos (0-1, 3.06 ERA) and Darren Byrd (2-1, 4.46 ERA) have both pitched in eight games with Mayaguez and catcher Martin Maldonado (.241 average, six RBIs) has played in 21 games with Mayaguez. The Brewers added Maldonado to the 40-man roster this winter. 
In Venezuela, catcher Anderson De La Rosa has played in two games with Lara and left-hander Sam Narron went 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in seven starts with Caracas. The Brewers recently re-signed Narron, the cousin of new Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron, to a Minor League contract. 
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Crew cuts ties with Coffey, Inglett

If Todd Coffey makes another mad dash from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound at Miller Park, it will probably be in another team’s uniform. 
Coffey and utility man Joe Inglett were the only two of eight arbitration-eligible Brewers not tendered a contract before Thursday’s 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for teams to do so. The decision means the right-handed reliever and the left-handed bench bat joined the pool of Major League free agents. 
The Brewers did decide to retain the rights to their six other arbitration-eligibles: First baseman Prince Fielder, second baseman Rickie Weeks, center fielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Manny Parra, Kameron Loe and Carlos Villanueva. Those players are all considered signed for 2011, with their salaries to be determined later by baseball’s arbitration process. 
“We didn’t have many discussions about [non-tendering] the other players,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. 
Melvin said general manager Gord Ash will stay in touch with Inglett’s agent, Ryan Ware, about returning at a lower price, but it appears Coffey will look for work elsewhere. 
The decision to cut ties with Coffey was largely a financial one. He earned $2,025,002 in 2010 and would have been in line for a raise in arbitration despite a somewhat disappointing season in which Coffey suffered a thumb injury swinging the bat in late May and posted a 5.35 ERA over his final 43 appearances. He lost his job as the team’s primary right-handed setup man to Loe, who had a solid first season in Milwaukee and will cost less than Coffey in 2011. 
“The process allows the player to see if there’s a better fit for him, and from our standpoint it allows us to look at a larger pool of players,” Melvin said. 
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Brewers shut out of Fielding Bible

The Fielding Bible Awards were unveiled on Monday, in which panel of experts, including MLB.com’s Peter Gammons, stat guru Bill James and defensive metric innovator John Dewan, selected the top defensive player at each position by ranking players 1-10. The Brewers had precisely zero players make the top 10 at his position.

A couple came close. Ryan Braun just missed the cut among left fielders and ditto for Alcides Escobar among shortstops. Carlos Gomez got a couple of votes among center fielders. 
But that’s it. 
If you’re interested, you can read more about the Fielding Bible here, and the vote tallies are available here
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Gomez gets another start as Brewers host Reds

With the National League Central-leading Reds in town for a three-game series, Brewers manager Ken Macha had no surprises in store when he filled out his lineup card.

In center field, the only position in question lately when it comes to who will start, Macha started Carlos Gomez, after giving Lorenzo Cain the nod for Sunday’s series finale in San Francisco.
Gomez batted .400 on the last road trip, collecting eight hits in 20 at-bats along with four stolen bases and two RBIs in five starts. 
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Gomez  CF
Escobar  SS
Lucroy  C
Capuano  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter

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Gomez in CF for opener at Giants

Carlos Gomez has seen his playing time increase dramatically on this road trip, and he’s back in the lineup for Friday’s series opener in St. Louis. 

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
Randy Wolf LHP
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Hart back in lineup, Gomez back to bench

Corey Hart returns to regular action for the Brewers tonight in Game 2 of their series against the Dodgers after missing three starts because of a tight right hamstring. Hart’s return means that Carlos Gomez, activated on Tuesday, is back on the bench. Manager Ken Macha kept his word by leaving Lorenzo Cain in center field. 

Here’s the full lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Still no Hart in Brewers lineup

Before Sunday’s game, All-Star right fielder Corey Hart said he could play, but would sit one more game before returning to the Brewers lineup after Monday’s off-day. On Tuesday, Hart remained out of the lineup, resting his right hamstring.

In Hart’s place, manager Ken Macha started speedy Carlos Gomez, who was recently activated from the disabled list. Aside from Gomez in right, the lineup is business as usual for the series opener against the Dodgers.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Escobar  SS
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee 3B
Cain  CF
Gomez RF
Lucroy  C
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Gomez wants CF job back

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Carlos Gomez was back at Miller Park on Saturday, anxious to reclaim his role as the Brewers’ starting center fielder. 
Not so fast. 
Gomez took batting practice with the team and said he had no effects at all from the Aug. 3 beaning that sent him to the disabled list, but the Brewers did not immediately make a place for him on the 25-man roster. So Gomez remained in limbo while the team continued its series against the Padres. 
“The best I can tell you is he’s eligible to come off, and when we figure out if he’s ready to go or our corresponding move, we’ll let you know,” manager Ken Macha said. 
Gomez was anxious to return to active duty, saying. “They know I’m ready.” He was even more anxious to take back his spot as the regular center fielder, a role that went to rookie Lorenzo Cain in Gomez’s absence. Cain entered Saturday’s start batting .375 with a .422 on-base percentage in his first 14 games. 
In his 75 games with the Brewers, Gomez is batting .228 with a .286 on-base mark. 
Asked about the logjam, Gomez said, “I don’t have any opinion. The only opinion I have is that when I get my time, I’m going to show [the Brewers] that I’m not a backup. I’m 24 years old. I’m the center fielder, and I have to take my job again.” 
Gomez played eight games for Triple-A Nashville on a rehabilitation stint and batted .286 (8-for-28) with a .412 on-base percentage thanks to five walks. He worked one-on-one daily with Sounds hitting coach Sandy Guerrero. 
“I didn’t go there for vacation,” Gomez said. “I went there to come [back] here ready to finish the last month and a half of the season really good. The season is not done yet. I only have [246] at-bats, and when you get a couple games of two, three base hits, then you’re hitting .260. I’m not going to say I’ve had a bad year because you can go two, three games 2-for-4, 3-for-4, and then you’re hitting .260 and that’s not a bad year. You have to finish hard. Right now, the only thing I need is a little more time to play and show them I’m the center fielder, not a backup.” 
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