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Gomez working his way back

Gomez working his way back

MILWAUKEE -- After a relatively injury-free five weeks to open the season, the Brewers' list of injured players is beginning to add up.

Fortunately for the Brewers, many of those players look to be on their way to returning in the near future.

Among those is center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is on track to return Friday -- as the Brewers visit the Twins, his former club -- when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. Gomez, who is out with two injuries, a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder and a strained left knee, which has been an issue since Spring Training.

"Gomez, if all goes well between now and then, will go on a rehab assignment to Wisconsin on Wednesday," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He will not be in Cincinnati or Pittsburgh. He'll go up there Tuesday and workout, play Wednesday and Thursday, and go to Minneapolis Friday if all is well."

Gomez ran through the full gamut of pregame exercises on Sunday, including batting practice and running and throwing drills. He will work out again at Miller Park on Monday before traveling to Appleton on Tuesday.

"Fifteen days, no action. I feel bored," Gomez said. "I'll be happy to come back to the lineup."

When Gomez suffered his shoulder injury he was also dealing with a sore left knee. The knee now feels, "awesome," Gomez said.

In addition to Gomez, another pair of Brewers is scheduled to rehab this week in Brevard County, the club's Class A Advanced affiliate.

Pitcher Josh Butler, who is recovering from a right elbow injury, is scheduled to start for the Manatees on Monday.

Third baseman Mat Gamel is expected to join the Manatees on Wednesday to begin his rehab assignment as well. Gamel suffered a slightly torn muscle just behind his right shoulder during Spring Training, and has been in extended spring training rehabilitating his shoulder injury.

Despite the growing nature of the Brewers injury report, which also includes the recent addition of lefty Doug Davis, Ash chalked it up to being part of the "nature of the game."

"We get some guys back or on the road back and then you get some guys who are hurt," Ash said. "This is an unusual circumstance with Doug. It's nothing something you can plan or work toward. So we just have to make the best of it."

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