Carlos Gomez is back in the Brewers’ starting lineup after wrist injury


Things haven’t been going the Brewers’ way of late, but here’s some good news. According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, All-Star Carlos Gomez is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins.

Gomez hasn’t been in the starting lineup since he sprained his left wrist on a swing last Sunday. The initial timeline called for him to miss over a week, but he recovered quicker than expected and managed to deliver a pinch-hit RBI single yesterday. He’s back in center field and will bat leadoff tonight.

The fading Brewers have lost 11 out of their last 12 games and enter play tonight a half-game behind the Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the National League, so Gomez’s return is a welcome sight. The 28-year-old is batting .283/.349/.480 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 29 stolen bases over 131 games this season and is one of the best defenders in the game.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”