Miller Park has a retractable roof, but even that can't stop the rain from falling on the Brewers these days.
Just when you thought things couldn't go worse for the Brew Crew this year, Carlos Gomez left Thursday's game against the Reds with a sprained right knee.
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Almost predictably, Gomez was injured while making a sparkling defensive play, giving up his body in the process. After leaping to catch a line drive, Gomez lost his balance and fell awkwardly into the outfield wall. He attempted to jog it off and stay in the game, but he eventually relented and left with the trainer.
Gomez will undergo an MRI on Friday, after which more will be known about the seriousness of the injury and the amount of time he might miss. For what it's worth, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke didn't seem overly concerned, saying the injury was "different" than the season-ending knee injuries suffered by Alex Gonzalez and Mat Gamel. Gomez wasn't so optimistic.
"It's really painful right now," Gomez told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We're going to find out tomorrow. The doctor say he doesn't think it's something bad but the way I feel is different. I feel a lot of pain."
Any amount of time missed will be a loss for fantasy owners of the 27-year-old. Gomez has been a rare five-category contributor this year, batting .288/.339/.519 with 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Whoever takes his place for however long he's sidelined -- it was Logan Schafer on Thursday -- may become playable in NL-only leagues, but none will hold a candle to Gomez offensively.
A day after the season ended for one of the Cardinals' top prospects, it was learned that another's would continue at the highest level.
The Cardinals plan to promote Kolten Wong, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, on Friday. Wong has long been viewed as the team's second baseman of the future, but the emergence of All-Star Matt Carpenter this season has created a bit of a roadblock for Wong at the highest level. Although there's no immediate opening for the 22-year-old at the major league level, the Cardinals aren't likely to promote their prized prospect to have him sit on the bench.
Given semi-regular playing time the rest of the way, Wong has the chance to be a reliable but not overwhelming fantasy asset. At Triple-A Memphis this season, Wong batted .303/.369/.466 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He'll likely mirror those tendencies, to a lesser level, with the Cardinals. An extremely rough estimate for the second baseman would be something in the neighborhood .280/.330/.400 with a handful of doubles, a few stolen bases and maybe even a home run or two.
Blue Skies For Gray
Five selections before the Cardinals took Wong with the No. 22 overall pick in 2011, the Athletics drafted a pitcher named Sonny Gray.
Gray, 23, made his second major league start on Thursday, and he made it one to remember as well. Gray mowed down the Astros to earn his first career victory, pitching eight shutout innings while striking out nine.
For as terrific as Gray was, his catcher, Derek Norris, was even more impressed.
"He threw the ball outstanding," Norris said after the game. "He's very exciting to watch. I'm looking forward to catching him several hundred more times."
Gray's upside is one of the reasons Brett Anderson won't have a rotation spot when he returns from the disabled list in the coming weeks. Gray sports a mid-90s fastball and a curveball that's his out pitch -- seven of his nine strikeouts on Thursday came via the breaking ball -- a combination that helped him post a 3.42 ERA and 118/39 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings at Triple-A Sacramento this season.
While all his starts won't come against the Astros -- no pitcher can be that lucky -- Gray is a must-add in all formats for the stretch run.
National League Quick Hits: Angel Pagan (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday. If he progresses as expected, he could be back with the Giants by early September ... Roy Halladay (shoulder) threw six innings and allowed three runs for the Phillies Gulf Coast League affiliate. He could be back with the big club in as soon as two weeks ... Yadier Molina (knee) was activated from the disabled list and went 0-for-5 in Thursday's game. He caught all 12 innings of the Cardinals' 6-5 win ... Johnny Cueto (lat) will undergo a strength test over the weekend. If the test goes well, he could be cleared to resume throwing. Cueto has been shut down since late June after aggravating his right lat injury. Sean Marshall (shoulder) will undergo a similar test as well ... Cameron Maybin (knee) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson over the weekend. Soreness caused him to halt his assignment for a few days ... Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said it "seems likely" John Lannan (knee) will be placed on the disabled list in the coming days ... Rafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season on Thursday. The Nationals closer has a 7.84 ERA over his last 13 appearances ... Wilson Ramos (hamstring) expects to return to the lineup on Friday ... Zack Wheeler struck out 12 Padres batters in six innings of work. Matt who?
American League Quick Hits: Mark Reynolds signed with the Yankees. The slugger will likely get plenty of playing time between first base, third base and designated hitter for the Bombers ... Gordon Beckham will miss "a couple days," according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, with a right quad injury ... Ryan Doumit has passed his concussion test and could be activated from the disabled list on Friday ... Mike Moustakas (calf) was cleared to resume light on-field work. He likely won't need a DL stint, and he could be back as soon as this weekend's series ... Alex Cobb was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, throwing five innings of one-run ball in a win over the Mariners ... Coco Crisp (wrist) could return to the A's lineup on Friday ... Alex Avila (concussion) still hasn't been cleared for baseball activities ... Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen (shoulder) could be shut down for the season. He hasn't pitched in a game with Triple-A Tacoma since June 27 ... Nick Blackburn will have season-ending surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
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