ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Gomez collected another hit and run scored on his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday night and was eligible for reinstatement from the Brewers' disabled list beginning Wednesday. He might return as early as Friday, but team officials are also considering spending one of Gomez's two remaining Minor League options to keep the player in Nashville until Major League rosters expand in September.
The Brewers were hoping for a breakthrough season from Gomez when they traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Twins for the speedy center fielder in November. They did not get it; Gomez is batting .228 in the Majors this year, with 63 strikeouts and five home runs in 246 at-bats. His .286 on-base percentage prompted manager Ken Macha to drop him from second in the batting order to the lower third.
Gomez was struck in the head by a pitch on Aug. 3 in Chicago and said he felt no symptoms of a concussion, but the Brewers placed him on the DL three days later as a precaution. Gomez's absence has opened an opportunity for 24-year-old Lorenzo Cain, who entered Wednesday's start against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals batting .364 in his first 12 Major League games.
In the first five games of his rehab stint at Nashville, Gomez was batting .300 (6-for-20) with three runs scored, two RBIs, three walks and six strikeouts.