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Carlos Gomez expected to miss four to six weeks with strained hamstring

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Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake announced on Monday. Gomez is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Rangers will make a corresponding roster move on Tuesday.

Gomez, 31, suffered the injury during Sunday’s game against the Athletics. He hits the sidelines batting .246/.331/.423 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 164 plate appearances.

Delino DeShields will likely shift to center field while Gomez is out and Ryan Rua will get starts in left field. Jared Hoying may be promoted from the minors to give the Rangers an extra outfielder.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.