Carlos Gomez leaves game after taking Noah Syndergaard fastball to the side of helmet

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Frightening scene just now at the Mets’ Citi Field.

Brewers leadoff man Carlos Gomez was pulled from Sunday’s game after taking a Noah Syndergaard pitch off the ear flap on his helmet. The pitch was clocked at 97 mph and Gomez was down on the ground for a few minutes before heading off with a trainer. He appeared to be making a case that he could stay in the game, but new Brewers manager Craig Counsell obviously wasn’t gonna have it.

Gomez will presumably undergo concussion tests.

Gerardo Parra replaced him on the bases and in center field. Gomez missed three weeks earlier this season with a right hamstring strain.

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UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. ET: Good news from the Brewers’ clubhouse after the game …

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.