Rangers center-fielder Carlos Gomez will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring, according to the team. He will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday.
Gomez underwent an MRI on Monday after leaving Sunday’s game with the injury, and the results were more serious than initially thought. The 31-year old will now be slated to return sometime in late June or early July.
Gomez has hit .246/.331/.423 with four homers in 38 games for the Rangers, with whom he re-signed on a one-year deal during last December’s winter meetings. He has surged of late after a very slow start, so his absence may be coming at a time when he was poised to be a major contributor.
In Gomez’ absence, the Rangers will likely employ Delino DeShields in center with options like Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and Travis Snider available to man left field and Nomar Mazara in right. Shin-Soo Choo could also see some outfield time despite being used as a designated hitter in his thirteenth major-league season.