Carlos Gome Leaves the Astros Game Following a Hit By Pitch
The Houston Astros’ Carlos Gomez has become the 2016 scapegoat for the disappointing play so far. While Gomez can’t control others hitting, pitching, and being alert on the base paths or defense, he has rubbed Astros fans wrong with some of his actions this year and lack of performance. This moment is not the time or place to focus on these aspects of Gomez’s game with the health questions.
Gomez was looking like he was more balanced at the plate, stopped spinning out of control when he swung, and started making better contact. He was looking to get back on track, but during his first at-bat, he got hit by a pitch so hard that you can hear him scream on the radio broadcast. He walked to first base, but he was clearly in a large amount of pain as he cradled his right wrist/hand.
He is probably on the way to the hospital to get an X-Ray to see if there is any breaks or fractures. The results are known, the Astros are now down to three outfielders following Gomez leaving. Jake Marisnick was sent down following Sunday’s game to get the extra arm Michael Feliz up to the bigs. Marisnick can’t return to the Astros until he has been in the minors for ten days, so the only way to get him back on the team would be if someone goes on the DL.
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The Astros learned last year to play it safe when a player is hit in the wrist area by a pitch with what happened with George Springer. He was hit by Edison Volquez of the Royals last year, but he stayed in the game and ran the bases including a jarring slide into the third base bag which did not help his fracture. With the pain Gomez was in, the Astros made the right call taking him out.
He had four hits in this series so far versus the Mariners, which could have helped him improve on his .200 batting average with only two runs batted in on the season. The Astros traded a lot to get him at the trade deadline last year, so it would be a shame to lose an impact bat like him. He has struggled, but he still has the skills to be an important player on this team.
The results of the X-Ray have just come in, the results were negative, he just has a right-hand contusion according to Jake Kaplan. He is now day-to-day. If Gomez doesn’t go on the DL, look for the Astros to make possibly a move for an outfielder from the minors. It can’t be Marisnick, the first name to come to mind is Tony Kemp.
**Stats from Baseball-Reference**