Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Carlos Beltran has been scratched from this afternoon’s lineup against the Astros after waking up with swelling in his right eye.
“Maybe I scratched it during the night,” Beltran said. “It just burns. It’s burning inside, on top of it.”
Beltran was given eye drops by team trainers and will see a doctor. Fernando Martinez, who hit his second major league home run in last night’s comeback victory, will take his place in right field.
Any lengthy absence is a tough blow for a lineup that is already missing first baseman Ike Davis. Beltran is batting .341 (14-for-41) over his last 12 games and currently leads the National League with 13 doubles while ranking third in slugging percentage (.587) and sixth in OPS (.971).
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.