Milwaukee Brewers All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez isn’t in the lineup today against the Colorado Rockies a day after colliding with teammate Ryan Braun while pursuing a popup, but says his neck is OK.
Gomez was rested Sunday by manager Ron Roenicke after having to leave Saturday’s victory over the Colorado Rockies with a strain in the left side of neck.
“We have extra players, so we decided to have a day after I [got] hit twice in the head,” Gomez told the press. “Everything is fine. The neck is OK.”
One of those extra players is infielder Jeff Bianchi, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Nashville and was added to the 40-man roster. To make room for Bianchi on the active roster, right-handed pitcher Alfredo Figaro was sent back down to Nashville.
Bianchi was in the lineup Sunday at shortstop in place of Jean Segura, who left Saturday’s game with leg cramps and, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin, was experiencing some soreness on Sunday.
According to MLB.com, Gomez and Segura—who both made their first All-Star Game last season—are expected to be back in the lineup when the Brewers open a two-game series at Toronto on Tuesday.
Bianchi spent most of 2013 with the Brewers and he had been on the club out of spring training, but he was outrighted to Nashville and removed from the 40-man roster in late May.
In 58 plate appearances in 21 games this season, Bianchi had hit .145/.172/.145 with two runs, four RBI and 16 strikeouts.
But getting regular playing time in Nashville seems to have done the trick for Bianchi’s swing. In 24 games and 105 plate appearances in Triple-A, Bianchi hit .276/.314/.418 with 11 runs, five doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 19 Ks.
Bianchi has been with the Milwaukee organization since January 2012, when he was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, who had claimed him off waivers from his original organization, Kansas City, just a month earlier.
He was a second-round pick by the Royals out of Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, Pa., in the 2005 first-year draft.