CHICAGO -- Already sagging badly as the playoff race heats up, the Milwaukee Brewers learned Tuesday that centerfielder Carlos Gomez likely will be out of action a couple of weeks.
Gomez went to Milwaukee to have his ailing left wrist examined by team physician William Raasch. The good news was that an MRI revealed no structural damage, but Gomez was diagnosed with a significant sprain and the wrist was put into a brace.
Gomez, who was batting .282 with 21 homers, 65 RBI and 29 stolen bases, will be shut down completely for a week, then resume baseball activities as the wrist allows. That could mean a total absence of two weeks, with less than four weeks remaining in the season. He injured the wrist swinging the bat Sunday in a game at San Francisco.
"It is going to take some time," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's not going to swing a bat for a week from two days ago when he hurt it. After a week of doing nothing, he'll start some light swings and see how it feels. If it's OK, then we'll progress with it.
"In the meantime, whenever he's comfortable, he'll be OK to be used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement late in games. Then, we'll see how long it takes. The tough thing with Carlos is because of the way he swings. How long is it actually going to take before he feels like it's full strength?"
In Gomez's absence, Roenicke said he would play Gerardo Parra and Logan Schafer in center field, depending on whether the corner outfielders need a day off at times. Roenicke said he hadn't seen enough of Parra, a Gold Glove corner outfielder, in center yet to make a total judgment on his defense there.
"We saw him in 2011 quite a bit in center," Roenicke said. "He's a bigger guy now than he was a few years ago."
As for how big of a blow it is to the team to lose Gomez at this stage of the season, Roenicke said, "It's never good. It's never good to lose a good player, a spark plug, a leadoff guy that can do some damage. It's bad timing. I'm happy it's not something worse; they're not talking about surgery."
For now, Roenicke said he would use second baseman Scooter Gennett in the leadoff spot.
"We'll see how that goes," Roenicke said. "We decided on Scooter because he did real well earlier this year, but Parra could slide in there, also."
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