The Mets are purchasing Carlos Gomez’s contract from Triple-A Syracuse and he’ll join the big club this weekend, taking the place of the injured Michael Conforto.
Gomez had a pretty rough season for the Rays last year, hitting .208/.298/.336 with nine homers in 408 plate appearances. He also ended the year by snagging a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball from tweeting smack at an umpire during an actual game which, hey, points for style.
At Syracuse this year Gomez is hitting .270/.329/.500 with six homers in 35 games. That’s not terrible, but it’s hard to say how Triple-A numbers translate at the moment given that the ball being used down there has led to a massive uptick in offense this year. We do know that Gomez was useful as recently as 2017, but for now it’s probably safest not to expect a ton from him.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.