Carlos Gomez appeals suspension and is in tonight's lineup, Martin Maldonado begins serving suspension

Mike McGinnis

Carls Gomez will appeal MLB's suspension and play until the appeal is done, while Martin Maldonado will be unavailable for the next five games.

As promised yesterday, Carlos Gomez has decided to appeal his three game suspension that was handed down earlier today by MLB.  He will not begin to serve it until the appeal process is done, and thus, he is in tonight's lineup:

Today's Lineups

Also notable is that Khris Davis is back in the lineup after missing yesterday's game with the flu.  The Brewers need him in the lineup with their outfield depth thin.  Beyond that, it's mostly the same lineups as yesterday, with different pitchers and catchers replacing yesterday's starters.  Despite a two-hit day yesterday, Jean Segura slides down the lineup a little further and will hit eighth today.

In addition, the Brewers bench will be a little thinner tonight as Martin Maldonado will begin serving his five-game suspension.  The suspension will keep him out through the end of the homestand, and puts the Brewers in a tight spot if Lucroy can't play for any reason.  Logan Schafer is the normal emergency catcher, but with him on the DL, it will be Elian Herrera or Jeff Bianchi that will serve at catcher if needed.  Also, Herrera is the only true backup OF available, further complicating the situation if multiple injuries come up.

Tonight's game will feature a pitching matchup of Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 1.46 ERA, 2.88 FIP) vs. Ian Kennedy (1-3, 4.13 ERA, 2.29 FIP).  Gallardo has come back down to earth a little in his last few starts, but is still pitching very well.  In his last game, he pitched six innings against the Pirates and allowed two runs on three hits and four walks.  Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy has been pitching well but not seen good results.  He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings in his last start, but has posted a 23:5 K/BB ratio, as well as allowed a total of one home run all year.

The bullpen is still in rough shape today and could use a long start from Gallardo.  Francisco Rodriguez is almost certainly not available after pitching four straight days, and Tyler Thornburg has pitched three of the last four.  Jim Henderson had pitched in three straight, but didn't pitch last night so he may be the closer tonight if a save situation comes up.

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