Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez made an outstanding catch in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was a courageous play that will certainly have repercussions as Gomez is expected to miss some time while he rests his sprained left shoulder. Hopefully, Gomez can return soon as the Brewers cannot afford to keep him out of the lineup for long, especially with all of the other injuries the team is dealing with.
Down 6-0 with no outs in the fourth inning, Gomez made a jumping grab at the center-field wall. Unfortunately, he came down pinned up against it with his left arm taking the brunt of it. At first, the injury looked far more severe, especially since Gomez did not move his arm once while he walked back to the dugout with head athletic trainer Dan Wright.
“I thought he broke his collarbone again, I really did,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy, referring to a 2011 injury that kept Gomez out a month, told Brewers.com. ”They showed a replay on it and it scared me, man. It looks terrible.”
Thankfully, the X-rays came back negative and revealed no broken bones. At this point, it is simply a sprain that will most likely take some time to get over considering how violent the landing was. The good news is a very serious injury was avoided, which is certainly something everyone involved with the organization can be thankful for.
“When I jumped, I [expected] the wall to be more close to me,” Gomez said, according to Brewers.com. “And when I jump and stay a long time in the air, I [said], ‘Oh my God. This is going to hurt.’ I thought I was going to hurt my head or my neck. But I got lucky I put my shoulder out.”
The 27-year-old is officially listed as day-to-day. He is batting .313 with 12 home runs, 37 RBI, 18 doubles, eight triples and 15 stolen bases in 272 at-bats this season.