MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers brought Carlos Gomez in from Minnesota, he was expected to be the club's everyday center fielder. Despite his recent struggles, that's still his goal.
"I want to play everyday no matter what happens at the plate," Gomez said. "Everybody knows when they signed me that I was supposed to be the everyday center fielder."
Brewers manager Ken Macha sees the potential in Gomez, but he has had a hard time keeping him in the lineup lately with his struggles at the plate.
For now, it appears as though Gomez will start against left-handed pitching and veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds will get the nod against righties. Like Gomez, though, Macha would like Gomez to improve to the point of facing both right-handers and southpaws.
"The plan was for [Gomez] to face right-handers also," Macha said. "After he came off the DL and Jimmy was on the DL, he played against right-handers and he struggled.
"So hopefully we'll get him to the point where he can be an everyday guy."
For Gomez, the situation is much like the one he faced in Minnesota last season before the Twins traded him to the Brewers.
Gomez struggled to find playing time in a crowded outfield that featured three young outfielders in Delmon Young, Denard Span, and Gomez. According to Gomez, the one benefit of moving to the National League this season is being able to pinch-hit or enter as part of a double switch in any game.
Even with that, however, Gomez is not excited about the situation he's faced with.
"I don't want to be in this situation every year," Gomez said. "I'm only 24 years old, and it's happened to me two years in a row now. But they know what I can do if I play everyday. Good things can happen."