Carlos Gomez diagnosed with sprained wrist

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Carlos Gomez injured his wrist Sunday and the Brewers center fielder has been diagnosed with a sprain, which mean he’ll sit out at least another week.

It’s particularly rough timing, as Milwaukee hosts a four-game series with St. Louis beginning Thursday.

Gomez has followed up a breakout 2013 season with nearly identical numbers, hitting .282 with 21 homers, 29 steals, and an .827 OPS compared to .284 with 24 homers, 40 steals, and an .843 OPS last year. In his absence the Brewers figure to use Gerardo Parra in center field after acquiring him from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.