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.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.
Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.
Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.
Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.
Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.