Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

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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.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.