Bits: Carlos Gomez suffers knee injury 

August, 16, 2013
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been a ton of fun to own in fantasy this season, as he enters the weekend the No. 10 hitter on the ESPN Player Rater, quite a feat for a 12th-round choice on average in ESPN live drafts. Gomez is also leading the entire National League in Wins Above Replacement and just a hair behind Mike Trout for overall honors, a testament not only to his offensive breakout, but defensive prowess.
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Benny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsWhat had been a breakout season by Carlos Gomez could be curtailed by a knee injury.

It was that defensive ability that might have seriously injured the valuable Gomez on Thursday, when he robbed Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips of extra bases on a leaping grab at the center-field wall, but fell awkwardly and hurt his knee. Gomez told reporters, “The doctor says he doesn't think it's something bad, but the way I feel is different. I feel a lot of pain." Tests Friday will determine how much time Gomez will miss, but fantasy owners should prepare themselves for disappointing news. Gomez has 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases, but perhaps what’s most surprising is the .289 batting average. Gomez is a career .254 hitter.

The nightmare season for the Brewers continues, as first baseman Corey Hart never played, Ryan Braun played some before accepting a suspension and Aramis Ramirez has hit a mere five home runs. Logan Schafer replaced Gomez in center field, but he hasn’t done much in 2013. Milwaukee scored one run Thursday, thanks to a Khris Davis home run. Davis, a right-handed hitter with perhaps more power than originally believed, and modest plate discipline, also homered Tuesday at Texas, and last week in San Francisco. That’s three blasts in five starts. He’s not starting every night, but that could change and while he has looked a bit overmatched so far, striking out in a third of his plate appearances and seeing few pitches, he’s a guy to watch. Eight of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases, five of them home runs.