Carlos Gomez was held out of the Brewers’ starting lineup on Monday and Tuesday night because of discomfort in his hip, but an MRI turned up negative for structural damage and he is back in action on Wednesday, serving as Milwaukee’s designated hitter at Kauffman Stadium.
Gerardo Parra is playing center field and Shane Peterson is in left field in the third game of a four-game home-and-home with the Royals. Gomez will also be able to DH in Thursday’s series finale, but the Brewers will then head out to Colorado’s Coors Field, a National League park.
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.