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Carlos Gomez | Outfielder | #30

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / NYM
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Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the lineup for Wednesday's ALDS Game 5 against the Royals.
Gomez didn't start in Game 1, but he's been out there for the last three contests and will give it a go in the series-deciding tilt against the Royals on Wednesday. The Astros' full lineup: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Correa SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Carlos Gomez CF, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C. Collin McHugh will take starting pitching duties for the Astros, while Johnny Cueto is set to start for the Royals. The winner of Game 5 will move on to face the winner of the Rangers-Blue Jays series in the ALCS. Wed, Oct 14, 2015 04:07:00 PM

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Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS Monday versus the Royals.

Gomez made it through Games 2 and 3 without issue and even drove in a run in Sunday's win. He'll start in center field and bat sixth against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura. The full Game 4 lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Correa SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Carlos Gomez CF, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C. Lance McCullers is on the bump.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Gomez had to exit the Wild Card Game with nagging soreness in his left intercostal muscle and then didn't start the first two contests against the Royals. He's still not 100 percent and almost surely won't be for the remainder of the postseason, but the outfielder will try to gut it out Sunday. He's in center field and batting sixth. Luis Valbuena is also in the lineup again for Houston, getting a fourth straight playoff start at third base over Jed Lowrie.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (ribs) was told by manager A.J. Hinch he'll start against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

He homered in Houston's Wild Card win over the Yankees but hasn't been in the starting lineup the past two games against Kansas City. Gomes isn't 100 percent but he's going to give it a go. The return of Gomez will send Jake Marisnick back to the bench.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

The Astros had expected Gomez to give it a go, but perhaps they've decided to exercise more caution after winning Game 1. Jake Marisnick is in center field again on Friday after picking up a couple hits Thursday. Gomez will aim to return to action for Game 3 on Sunday when the series moves to Houston.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) will be available to pinch-hit in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Gomez isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Royals on Thursday, but if there's a big spot late, don't be surprised to see him rise from the bench. He's available to pinch-hit. The 29-year-old outfielder is expected to start in Game 2 on Friday. Normally, intercostal injuries take close to two months to heal, meaning we're unlikely to see Gomez at full strength in the 2015 playoffs.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Carlos Gomez belted a solo homer in his return to action Tuesday as the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.

Masahiro Tanaka hung a first-pitch slider to Gomez to lead off the fourth inning and the outfielder smacked it well over the left-center field wall. Making just his second start in the club's last 21 games due to an intercostal strain, Gomez was noticeably in pain in his third plate appearance and was lifted before being allowed to make another one. He'll surely continue to try and gut it out but is clearly playing compromised.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 11:29:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees.

Gomez told reporters the last couple days that he'd be playing and he stayed true to his word. The outfielder isn't recovered from his left intercostal tear yet, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in the win-or-go-home game. Gomez is in center field and batting sixth.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."

"The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 08:54:00 PM

Carlos Gomez will test out his strained intercostal muscle on Monday.

The testing presumably will involve batting practice and perhaps other drills. While it's clear that Gomez isn't 100 percent and maybe not all that close, the outfielder has said that he'll "definitely" be ready for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is hoping to play in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.

Gomez was held out of the Astros' final regular-season series due to lingering complications with the intercostal muscle strain he suffered in early September, but he says that was by design. "Yeah, definitely I’ll be ready in New York," Gomez told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. "You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I’m going to be ready. That’s what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York."
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 09:36:00 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Carlos Gomez (intercostal) could return to the lineup during the postseason if the club qualifies.

He did not, however, specify when during the playoffs Gomez might be available, so the declaration doesn't mean a whole lot. Gomez has made just one start since suffering a strained intercostal muscle three weeks ago. Colby Rasmus is handling center field again Sunday.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 01:44:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

He hasn't been in the lineup since Wednesday. Colby Rasmus will fill in at center field and bat cleanup. The Astros enter tonight's action with a half-game advantage over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:27:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is once again not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

He returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but felt some lingering soreness after his final throw against the Mariners. Expect him to return to his regular post in the outfield at some point before the end of the weekend.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

Gomez has appeared in two games in recent days but hasn't swung a bat in a game since September 12. The outfielder, who is batting .253/.313/.408 on the year, is hitting sixth and playing center field against the Mariners.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Max Stassi
3Alfredo Gonzalez
1B1Jon Singleton
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Matt Duffy
2B1Jose Altuve
2Danny Worth
SS1Carlos Correa
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Preston Tucker
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Eury Perez
RF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Scott Feldman
7Brad Peacock
8Dan Straily
9David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Pat Neshek
4Tony Sipp
5Will Harris
6Josh Fields
7Michael Feliz
8Dan Straily
9Jandel Gustave
10Daniel Reynolds
11Juan Minaya
12Jake Buchanan