Gomez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gomez will head to the bench and give way to Delino DeShields in center field. Heading into Sunday, Gomez had started three consecutive games after battling an ankle injury. Over said games, he went 4-for-10 and drove in two runs.
Gomez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI during Thursday's win over Seattle. Gomez doubled in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday, so it was encouraging to see him have another strong outing in his first full game back since missing time with an ankle injury. The outfielder has been limited to just 101 games this season, but he's still provided a fantasy punch when healthy with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 51 runs and a .256/.342/.468 slash line. Gomez has the potential to finish the season strong, too.
Gomez (ankle) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Seattle, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Gomez hasn't started a game since Saturday, Sept. 9, when he rolled his ankle running out of the batter's box and subsequently missed almost two weeks recovering from the injury. He was able to come into Tuesday's game as a pinch hitter and appears to be nearing full health heading into this weekend. For Thursday's affair, Gomez will patrol center field and bat sixth in the order.
Gomez (ankle) entered Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Mariners in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, doubling in his lone at-bat. Gomez hadn't played in more than a week due to a sprained right ankle, but after taking batting practice without issue earlier in the day, he was able to convince manager Jeff Banister to hand him a plate appearance Tuesday. The decision certainly paid dividends, as Gomez provided a leadoff hit that eventually led to the go-ahead run when he was lifted for a pinch runner. It appears the ankle injury still may be significant enough to keep Gomez out of the lineup for a few more days, however, as manager Jeff Banister told the Associated Press that he wants the veteran to do more defensive drills and baserunning before returning to the outfield. Deploying Gomez at designated hitter as a means of getting his bat in the lineup isn't a viable option for the Rangers at this time, with Adrian Beltre handling that role while a hamstring injury continues to prevent the third baseman from playing the field.
Gomez (ankle) has recently began jogging and could start running in the upcoming days, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Gomez said that his sprained right ankle is still feeling sore, but he'll attempt to tape it up and run and see how the ankle responds to the increased activity. Manager Jeff Banister suggested that it's an "outside shot" that Gomez will regain enough mobility to play center field again before the end of the season, so the veteran could end up being relegated to a bench role once he's ready to return to action.
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