Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is on the cover of the May 19 edition of Sports Illustrated, reportedly dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension he received from the April 20 brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gomez will begin serving his suspension Wednesday, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Twitter:
#Brewers Carlos Gomez has dropped his appeal and will begin serving 3-game suspension tonight. Can’t play because of back spasms anyway.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 14, 2014
Gomez left Tuesday night’s win over the Pirates at Miller Park with back spasms and was going to be unavailable for at least the next day or two, anyway, so dropping the suspension isn’t entirely an act of contrition on his part.
Gomez, moved into the leadoff spot this season, is putting up All-Star numbers again for the Brewers. In 39 games, Gomes is hitting .290/.369/.555 in 176 plate appearances, with 27 runs, 10 doubles, nine home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases. His 16 walks lead the team (not a huge deal, considering the Brewers are 14th in the National League with 97 walks, one more than the San Diego Padres).
Gomez also is tied for fourth among NL position players with a 2.0 wins above replacement. He led NL position players in the advanced metric last season with 8.9.
According to MLBlogs.com’s “John & Cait … Plus Nine,” Gomez will also be on the cover of the latest edition of Sports Illustrated—one of two covers released this week. The other features NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant.
Here’s what the cover looks like: