PHOENIX -- Carlos Gomez's latest highlight-reel catch came with a price. The Brewers center fielder fractured his left clavicle making a diving catch to end a perilous fourth inning during Milwaukee's 5-2 win against the D-backs on Wednesday, and is out indefinitely.
Gomez's injury dampened spirits in the clubhouse after an otherwise uplifting extra-inning win over the D-backs. The Brewers will place Gomez on the disabled list before Thursday's series finale and appear poised to purchase outfielder Brett Carroll's contract from Triple-A Nashville.
Carroll's brother, professional golfer Chase Carroll, announced that news via Twitter on Wednesday night. Brett Carroll, 28, appeared in 173 Major League games for the Marlins over the past four seasons and was hitting .281 at Nashville after a two-hit game Wednesday night.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke could not say after Wednesday's win whether Gomez would need surgery on his shoulder. Left fielder Ryan Braun, who was the first teammate to Gomez's side, knew immediately the situation was dire.
"I actually heard it as it happened," Braun said. "It did not sound good. It was loud."
It was a costly half-inning for both teams. Moments earlier, D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew had been helped off the field with a fractured right ankle suffered on a slide at home plate. Braun and third baseman Casey McGehee combined to throw Drew out, preventing the tying run from scoring in what was then a 1-0 game. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson announced after the game that Drew will miss the rest of the season.
Gomez's tumbling catch of Ryan Roberts' fly ball to the left-center-field gap was just as big, because Arizona had a runner at second base. Gomez made the inning-ending catch, then popped up immediately in pain and was tended to by Brewers assistant athletic trainer Dan Wright.
Nyjer Morgan took over in center field for Gomez the following inning.
"I'm bummed about [Gomez]" Roenicke said. "It's a big loss for us. If he doesn't make that play, we probably don't win the game."
"People don't realize how valuable he is," Braun said. "He's probably our best defensive player and one of the best defensive players in baseball. The guy is unbelievable in center field. He's hit lefties well all year. It's really valuable to have a guy that can come off the bench and be a great defender and run the bases.
"And he's a lot of fun to be around every day. He has a lot of energy. I feel horrible for him. ... You can't replace somebody like that."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.