Some rare good news for the Brewers, as manager Ron Roenicke indicated that center fielder Carlos Gomez is expected to come off the disabled list Saturday.
Gomez has been on the DL since April 16 with a stained right hamstring and would be returning without first going on a minor-league rehab assignment.
He was off to a slow start prior to the injury, but Gomez was one of the best all-around players in the NL last season while hitting .284 with 23 homers, 34 steals, and an .833 OPS in 148 games to go along with his standout defense.
Dodgers minor leaguer Corey Seager, a consensus top-10 prospect at age 21, has been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A after hitting .375 with five homers and a 1.082 OPS in 20 games to begin the season.
Last season, split between high Single-A and Double-A, he hit .349 with 20 homers, 50 doubles, and a 1.004 OPS. And the Dodgers have been playing the elite shortstop prospect occasionally at third base in the minors, to give them more options for his eventual call-up to the big leagues.
Seager, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of a North Carolina high school, is now one step from the majors just four days after celebrating his 21st birthday.
Josh Hamilton has gone through a couple workouts at the Rangers’ extended spring training complex in Arizona and everyone involved seems happy with how he looks physically following February shoulder surgery.
Hamilton told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that he’s basically treating this time as his March, “trying to do all the stuff I usually do in spring training, so I can be ready to roll.”
Outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said: “I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play. I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more.”
As for when Hamilton might actually play for the Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels indicated that the targeted return timetable is late May. Next time the Rangers play the Angels? July 3-5, in Texas.