Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (oblique) is not in the lineup Friday for Game 2 of the ALDS, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
After missing Game 1 with an oblique injury, it was assumed by many pundits that Gomez would return to the lineup for Game 2, however that doesn't appear to be the case. Much like Thursday, Gomez will likely be available off the bench to play in a pinch-hit or pinch-run situation, but it's unlikely he will spend any major time in the field Friday. Jake Marisnick will man center field and hit ninth in the batting order in his place.
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 Houston 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 Kansas City 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.
Houston Astros right fielder George Springer went 2 for 4 with a walk, solo home run and two runs scored during Thursday's Game 1 ALDS win over Kansas City.
Springer's solo shot came in the fifth inning off the Kansas City Royals ' Chris Young and gave the Astros a two-run cushion in the game. Through two playoff appearances in 2015, the 26-year-old outfielder is 3 for 8 with two extra-base hits.
Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus homered in his second straight postseason game Thursday during Houston's Game 1 ALDS win over Kansas City. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and two RBI in the game.
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI groundout before homering late in the game off Kansas City Royals reliever Ryan Madson . He's likely to remain in the starting lineup Friday against right-hander Johnny Cueto , who he's 9-for-27 (.333) lifetime against.
Jose Bautista (hamstring) is in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS Friday against the Rangers, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Bautista exited Thursday's Game 1 in the ninth inning with the sore hamstring, but as expected, he will be able to take the field Friday. Bautista will cover right field and hit third against Rangers starter Cole Hamels.
Carlos Gomez continues to deal with his oblique injury, but indicated he's available to pinch run Thursday and hopes to be in the Game 2 lineup Friday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
Gomez has been suffering from the issue for an extended period of time, but continues to battle through it to play. Barring a setback of some kind, it seems like he'll be back in the lineup for the second game of the series.
Jose Bautista exited Game 1 on Thursday with a minor hamstring issue but is expected to be available for Game 2 on Friday according to the Fox Sports 1 telecast.
Bautista was reportedly favoring his leg as he left down the tunnel, but it appears the issue is relatively minor in nature. Barring a setback of some kind, expect him to be back in the lineup for the contest.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista exited Thursday's game in the ninth inning, and the injury could be a leg issue, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Bautista was reportedly favoring one of his legs when he exited the dugout with a trainer. There's no official injury to report at this time, but the team will likely provide an update on his status at some point prior to Game 2 on Friday.
Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Gomez missed much of September with a back injury, but he was able to play in the Wild Card game against the Yankees , hitting a critical home run to help his team advance. While nothing has been announced as of yet, Gomez's absence in Thursday's lineup could be a result of his lingering back injury. We won't know more until later in the evening.
J.D. Martinez is considering by the Detroit Tigers a candidate for an extension, Chris Lott of MLive.com reports.
Tigers general manager Al Avila expressed some interest in an possible contract extension for Martinez, who still has two years of arbitration remaining. While the 28-year-old outfielder stumbled a bit in terms of batting average (his .315 batting average in 2014 fell to .282 in 2015) he improved dramatically in the slugging department, crushing nearly as many home runs in 2015 (38) as he had in his entire career previously (47). It's safe to say his play these last two seasons has certainly dictated a raise, however it remains to be seen how much the Tigers are willing to spend with a rebuild seemingly on the horizon.