Gomez returns to crowded outfield

Gomez returns to crowded outfield

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez returned to the Brewers' active roster right on schedule on Sunday, after being placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with a left hamstring injury.

Gomez played three games in the outfield and one at designated hitter for Class A Wisconsin while on a rehab assignment, going 2-for-13 with one home run.

Upon his return, the 27-year-old outfielder did some work on the basepaths before Sunday's game against the Twins and said he felt good.

"Today, we did some practice like it's the game, like steal bags, slide and come back to first, things like that," Gomez said. "I'm ready to be part of the team again and bring positive stuff."

Before injuring the hamstring on May 4 against the Giants, Gomez was hitting .280 with five RBIs and a home run. He comes back to a club searching for a spark on offense, and he said he's ready to help in any way he can.

Manager Ron Roenicke said he considered starting Gomez on Sunday in center field, where Milwaukee now has a logjam with Gomez, Nyjer Morgan and Norichika Aoki.

"That's going to be a problem," Roenicke said. "But it's not necessarily a bad problem, because they're doing well enough that I want to play them all. Which is good, but it's going to be hard."