Gomez takes another big step forward

Gomez takes another big step forward

PITTSBURGH -- Center fielder Carlos Gomez was excited to take another big step toward the active roster Tuesday, when he took full batting practice and slid into bases for the first time since fracturing his left collarbone on a diving catch July 20 in Arizona.

Gomez insisted he is aiming to be back in a Brewers uniform when rosters expand on Sept. 1. That's a surprisingly aggressive timeline, considering he still must undergo an examination by team doctors when the team returns to Miller Park this weekend and would then report to the Minor Leagues for a rehabilitation assignment.

"I can't wait to be back on Sept. 1," Gomez said. "That's what I expect right now."

He has been feeling good in outfield drills. On Monday, Gomez was working out at PNC Park with outfield coach Ed Sedar and robbed a home run, crashing into the wall after making a leaping catch. He was no worse for the wear.

"I'm excited to be doing everything with the team again," Gomez said.