Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez (oblique) will start Game 3 on Sunday against the Royals, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. While Gomez didn't start either of the first two games, he was available off the bench and did enter late in each game on the base paths. He'll return to center field Sunday, bumping Jake Marisnick out of the lineup.
With Carlos Gomez out of the starting lineup Thursday due to a lingering back injury, Jake Marisnick drew the start in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Astros' 5-2 win over Kansas City in Game 1 of the ALDS. Marisnick also made a fantastic catch in the fourth inning to quiet the crowd at Kauffman Stadium and stem a Royals rally. The 24-year-old, who is quietly considered the best defender among Houston's outfielders, would slide back to the bench if Carlos Gomez is healthy enough to play Friday.
Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (intercostal strain) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. A late scratch from Sunday's lineup, Gomez was sent back to Houston for a follow-up on what was initially deemed an intercostal strain. Apparently, nothing more serious was found, as Gomez has rejoined the team and hopes to resume some baseball activity Wednesday. That said, he's never had this type of injury and is uncertain as to a possible timetable for his return. Jake Marisnick starts in center field Tuesday.
Jake Marisnick gets a rest on Saturday, after starting 58 games and five of the last six in center field for the Astros. Colby Rasmus replaces Marisnick in the lineup, starting in center for the 23rd time this year. Rasmus moved over from left field. Alex Presley starts in left for the second time this year.
Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was back in the lineup for Sunday's game at Boston, the team announced. He will bat ninth and play center field. Marisnick had been on the disabled list since June 18 after sustaining a hamstring injury. He is hitting .245 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 62 games this season. The Astros are the underdogs (+110) at Boston on Sunday.