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Storylines: Carlos Gomez out for a month due to hamstring strain

Texas Rangers' center fielder Carlos Gomez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following a right hamstring strain. Meanwhile, the Indians’ own center fielder Austin Jackson and ace Corey Kluber are steadily recovering from previous injuries. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Monday...

Top Storylines:

- The Texas Rangers continue to battle injuries.  The Rangers will be without the services of center fielder Carlos Gomez for the next four-to-six weeks due to a right hamstring strain per a team announcement.  Despite getting off to a slow start in the early season, the spirited outfielder had come alive in recent weeks and had been hitting a robust .315/.397/.519 with eight extra-base hits in the last 15 games.  The Rangers have been playing better ball of late despite their slow start as a team as they continue to tread water without key player and leader Adrian Beltre.  Losing Gomez hurts as he plays with a ton of enthusiasm and intensity and has the ability to change the game with one swing of the bat due to some lethal right-handed pop from the plate.  With Gomez on the shelf, the Rangers will put Delino DeShields Jr. in center field and go with a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar in left field for the time being.  The Rangers have been facing roadblocks since the minute the season opened.  As much as losing Gomez hurts, it’s just another roadblock they need to hurdle past in order to keep their division title hopes alive in the AL West.

Indians News:

- Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber recently threw a 20-pitch bullpen session as he continues to battle back from lower back tightness per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.  Kluber is making progress, but he will need to throw a more aggressive bullpen session and a simulated game before embarking on a rehab assignment.

- Center fielder Austin Jackson recently ran the bases on Monday and is expected to do so on Tuesday as well per Bastian.  Jackson is trying to fight his way back from turf toe and is also making good strides but is not quite there yet to be eligible to come off the DL.

- Right fielder Brandon Guyer is expected to miss four-to-six weeks of baseball action with a right wrist strain per Bastian.  The injury is apparently more serious than originally anticipated and the recovery time will keep Guyer out a good month before he can take to the field again.

- Right fielder Abraham Almonte will be heading to the DL with a right biceps strain per Bastian.  The outfielder aggravated his right biceps during Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays and is going to need some time off to make a proper recovery.

Other Storylines:

- The Arizona Diamondbacks are unlikely to be the next landing spot for right-hander Doug Fister per Jack MaGruder of Fan Rag.  The Diamondbacks were considered to be in the mix for the righty’s services as of last week, but it appears things have changed and the veteran will be heading elsewhere as reports have indicated he is close to signing with a new team.

- Despite the impending move that New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will hit the DL with a torn ligament in his thumb, the team will not promote top prospect Amed Rosario to the big leagues per Mike Puma of the New York Post.  Rosario is off to a blazing start in Triple-A Las Vegas, but the Mets are clearly in no rush to get him up to the majors as he is their franchise shortstop of the future and they want to develop him as much as possible before calling him up.


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