MILWAUKEE -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks and outfielder Carlos Gomez will travel with the Brewers on their next road trip, the clearest sign yet of progress for the highest-profile members of Milwaukee's disabled list. Weeks (severe left ankle sprain) and Gomez (broken left collarbone) did not make the last trip. Typically, the team limits the travel list as much as possible, freeing members of the training staff to care for active members of the roster. "Both of them are at that point where they can get their therapy and do their drills with us," general manager Doug Melvin said.
Gomez, recovering from surgery to fix the broken collarbone, is closer to a return. He took part in defensive and baserunning drills on Monday and is expected to be ready for game action before the Triple-A season ends on Sept. 5. But he has yet to swing a bat, and manager Ron Roenicke could not say when Gomez would clear that final hurdle. "He's out there running, throwing, and feels nothing in that collarbone," Roenicke said. "He's coming along fast." Weeks needs more time and might not be back to 100 percent by the end of the Triple-A season, Melvin conceded. But he is also making progress, and took infield grounders on Monday for the second straight day.