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 …

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.