Carlos Gomez suffers neck strain in outfield collision with Ryan Braun

Though obviously not intentionally, Ryan Braun has done just as much physical damage to his Milwaukee Brewers teammates this season as he has offensive damage to opponents.

If you recall, back on April 26 he caught Jean Segura on the side of the head with a practice swing while standing outside Milwaukee's dugout. A deep gash knocked the Brewers starting shortstop out of action for a week solid, but thankfully there were no broken bones and no concussion.

Now, in his latest unfortunate incident which occurred on Saturday afternoon, Braun was involved in an awkward outfield collision with center fielder Carlos Gomez that saw him clip Gomez on the jaw with his right elbow.

Naturally, among the first concerns that come to mind when you see that type of collision is, once again, a concussion. Based on how wobbly Gomez appeared immediately after and then again while walking off the field, it appeared those fears might be realized. However, according to the initial reports, it should only be a day-to-day injury.

As Adam McCalvy of noted immediately after the collision, Gomez also took a knee to the head on Friday night on a stolen base attempt. He was checked out on the field and remained in the game. He reportedly did not go through concussion testing following that incident, however, Saturday was a different story that ended with a good result.  

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers collides with Carlos Gomez. (Getty Images)
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers collides with Carlos Gomez. (Getty Images)

As for the game on Saturday, with only three regular outfielders available, that meant Braun had to slide over from right field to make his MLB debut in center field for the final three innings. Meanwhile, corner infielder Mark Reynolds went to right field. Not exactly an ideal defensive set up, but the Brewers went on to defeat Colorado anyway 7-4. In fact, they were already in a great position thanks largely to Gomez's three-run homer in the first inning. 

With the win, Milwaukee improved to 6-0 in the season series and 51-32 overall. A remarkable record, but they're going to have a difficult time sustaining this success if they keep running into each other and other players and objects on the field.

Proceed with caution, Brew Crew.

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