ARLINGTON -- Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez was not in the lineup for Saturday's contest against the Rangers after straining his left calf muscle in Friday night's game. Craig Monroe got the start in center, although Gomez said before the game on Saturday that his calf felt much better and that he would be available for the game, if needed. The center fielder said he thinks it was just a bad cramp that caused him to leave the game on Friday night, one that was aggravated when he kicked himself in the back of the calf while trying to run to first base on a bunt attempt in the fourth inning.
"[Cramps] just happen when you got no fat on your body," Gomez said. Saturday's game is only the second contest that Gomez has not started this season. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that Gomez could be back in the starting lineup as early as Sunday. But with the team short on center-field options, Gardenhire has already started thinking about possibly adding another position player should the injury linger longer than a few days. With three off-days coming up in the span of eight days, the Twins are currently going with a four-man pitching rotation. Gardenhire said the team still intends to stick with a 12-man pitching staff during that time, but that could change if Gomez's injury is worse than expected. "If it's going to last five or six days [or] seven days and we don't think we should put him on the DL, then I might have to make an adjustment here and take a pitcher out," Gardenhire said. "If it's a day or two here, we might be able to survive."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.