Gomez leaves game with calf strain
Center fielder takes misstep running out bunt against Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez left Friday night's game against the Rangers in the fourth inning with a left calf strain.Gomez was trying to bunt for the third time in the game. But while trying to beat the throw from Rangers starter Kevin Millwood, Gomez said he kicked the back of his left calf on his final step before first base and the muscle cramped up. He began limping around, and trainer Rick McWane ran out to check on the outfielder. Gomez was able to walk off the field on his own, but Craig Monroe replaced Gomez in center for the bottom half of the inning. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that the team will wait to see how Gomez is feeling on Saturday, but the expectation is that he will miss just a day or two with the injury. Afterward, Gomez said that his leg was already feeling better but that he wasn't going to rush to get back in the lineup if it was still sore on Saturday. "You know, tomorrow [I'll] come here and want to know how we feel," Gomez said. "I know probably can't play tomorrow. But probably when I get back home, it be 100 percent."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.