Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch. He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week. Now he’s coming back to the big leagues.
According to MLB.com Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, Gomez passed a round of tests on Monday morning and will be activated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers.
But he might not be in the starting lineup.
Gomez was batting just .228/.386/.350 with five home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI in 75 games before the injury and Lorenzo Cain has since captured his starting job.
Cain, 24, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday’s loss to the Padres, but he has a .333/.377/.458 batting line overall with four doubles, a triple and three stolen bases in 16 games since his early-August promotion. The Brewers may decide to move one of the two young outfielders in what should be a busy offseason in Milwaukee.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.