Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

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Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September.

Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him a six-week timetable to potentially resume baseball activities.

Assuming he experiences no major setbacks and needs just a couple weeks to get into game condition, Gomez could potentially return around mid-September and would definitely have time to be ready for a potential Brewers’ playoff run.

In the meantime they’ll turn to Nyjer Morgan as the everyday center fielder, which isn’t a huge change considering he’d already taken significant playing time away from Gomez based on their respective performances. Still, having Gomez around as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement would be plenty useful down the stretch.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: