Gomez plans to play in Wild Card Game

Gomez plans to play in Wild Card Game

NEW YORK -- Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez said Monday he plans to start tonight's postseason opener against the Yankees.

Gomez has been dealing with a mild left intercostal strain since Sept. 13, and he aggravated the injury Wednesday in Seattle when he made a strong throw to first base for a game-ending double play. He didn't take batting practice on the field during Monday's workout at Yankee Stadium, but said he's able to play.

"That's what we're planning, that's what we're talking about," he said. "I don't know. It's not my decision, but I should be there. That's on my mind that I'm going to be there. Tomorrow I'm going to come ready to start in the lineup and do my job."

Date Result
Oct. 6 HOU 3, NYY 0

Having Gomez in the lineup in center for the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser (7 p.m. CT, ESPN) will allow manager A.J. Hinch to move Colby Rasmus to the spacious left field at Yankee Stadium, giving the Astros a better defensive starting nine and a more dynamic offensive lineup than they would with Marwin Gonzalez or Preston Tucker in left.

Gomez played in 41 games since coming to the Astros in a July trade with the Brewers and hit .242 with four homers, 13 RBIs and eight walks for a .383 on-base percentage. The Astros don't have to submit their playoff roster until today, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

"We've got a couple of more decisions to make," Hinch said. "Obviously, I'm going to wait on Gomez to see his availability after today's workout. We've got some decisions to make on the pitching staff."

Hinch said he'll probably carry an extra starting pitcher, such as Mike Fiers, to back up starter Dallas Keuchel in case of an emergency, but there shouldn't be any surprises, Hinch said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.