Carlos Gomez to miss series vs. Rangers with intercostal strain

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UPDATE: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that Gomez will miss the entire series against the Rangers. However, his intercostal strain is considered mild.

7:10 p.m. ET: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Gomez’s intercostal strain is mild compared to others on the team have had. It sounds like he could be a day-to-day situation.

6:14 p.m. ET: The Astros will be without Carlos Gomez for the start of their huge series against the Rangers tonight, as he’s sitting for the second straight day due to an injury to his left side.

Gomez felt discomfort in his side during batting practice on Sunday and traveled back to Houston to be evaluated by team doctors. You obviously start thinking about a possible oblique injury in a situation like this, which could keep him on the shelf for a while. We’re still waiting on an official diagnosis, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com writes that he’s “totally unavailable” tonight.

Gomez, who was acquired from the Brewers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, is batting .234/.282/.379 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 38 games with the Astros. While he got off to a slow start with his new team, he’s batting .306 with a .927 OPS over his last 16 games.