The Brewers lost the second game of their series against the Cardinals Wednesday night, but they may have suffered an even bigger loss. Outfielder Carlos Gomez is returning to Milwaukee for further testing on his hamstring and may need a disabled list stint, reports Tom Haudricourt.
With Gomez out, Gerardo Parra will get the start in center field in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Gomez told reporters that he woke up feeling more sore than he was after the game, though he also noted that is not unusual with these injuries.
For now, it's still uncertain how long the Brewers will be without their center fielder. Whether he is able to join the team when they travel to Pittsburgh following the Cardinals series is still up in the air, as well. If Gomez does need a stint on the disabled list, it would be retroactive to Wednesday.
The injury occurred late in the Brewers' 4-2 loss, when Gomez ran out a fielders' choice in the ninth inning. The Brewers almost immediately ruled him out for Thursday's game.
Gomez has gotten off to a slow start in 2015, batting .235/.257/.441 through his first eight games. Thankfully, there won't be a loss in defensive quality as Parra is among the best outfield gloves in the game and was named a finalist for a Gold Glove in 2014 despite being a part-time player.
The Brewers are moving Jean Segura into the leadoff spot in Gomez's absence, which at the very least would satiate some fans desires of having someone other than Gomez take that role. After a rough 2014, Segura has gotten off to a great start this season with nine hits in 27 at-bats.
Gomez and the Brewers will know more about the severity of his injury after the additional testing in Milwaukee.