Outfielder Gomez sits again vs. A's
Gardenhire doesn't want youngster facing tough righty
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Gomez was not in the Twins' starting lineup on Monday for the second consecutive game. Denard Span was the center fielder, and Jason Kubel started in right field to begin a three-game series against Oakland.
Span and Kubel started at those same positions Sunday against Seattle."Gomez, I am trying to give a bit of a little break, here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "[A's starter Justin Duchscherer] really spins the ball and does all kinds of things with it. I'm trying to get Gomez in a situation where he can get a little bit of confidence going, and I don't think this guy is the right guy to do it against. I just left him out again today, let him breathe a little bit, and we'll get him back out there." Since Aug. 1, Gomez is batting .190 (8-for-42). He has struck out 11 times in that span with no extra-base hits. The 22-year-old center fielder is batting .250 overall on the year with a .286 on-base percentage in 115 games. Gardenhire said he doesn't want to wear Kubel out in the field. If those sentiments are true, Gomez's break likely will be over soon. Span has predominantly played right field since Michael Cuddyer was placed on the disabled list in late June. "[Gomez] wasn't in the lineup [Sunday]. He says, 'I'm ready when you want me to go play defense,' and that's what he'll do again today," Gardenhire said. "I want him to think about it. It's not just walk away, 'Oh well.' I want him to think about these things and continue to work hard like he always is. He'll be fine. He's game on -- no matter what we do with Gomez -- he's game on and ready to help the ballclub."
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.