Gomez's sore knee isn't expected to linger

Gomez's sore knee isn't expected to linger

SAN DIEGO -- Carlos Gomez's strained left knee kept him out of the lineup Saturday, but the speedy outfielder does not expect the injury to last much longer than that.

Gomez, who aggravated the patella tendon in his knee on Friday night while jumping toward first base and trying to beat out a bunt single, said he will rest the knee, but could resume activity soon.

"I'm going to do nothing [Saturday]," Gomez said. "[Sunday], I will maybe run a little bit on the field, and we are off Monday. On Tuesday, I will wait to be sure, but I think I will be ready."

Manager Ken Macha confirmed Gomez's assessment of the injury, and added that an MRI revealed no major damage.

"It might be a couple days," Macha said. "They did an MRI, and he's got a little bit of swelling there. It's minimal concern."

When talking about the play that forced him out of the game in the second inning on Friday, Gomez clarified that he has had lingering soreness in the knee.

"It feels better," Gomez said. "I've been sore for the last couple of weeks, it's not just about [Friday]. After [Friday], I felt like a kind of pop."

Jody Gerut replaced Gomez in center field on Friday, and was in the starting lineup in the same spot for Saturday's game.