"With those things, it's day to day, especially right now in September," Gomez said. "Every day it gets better and I get closer to playing. I think today I have to get ready for any situation, pinch-hit or something like that. Before the season is over I do expect to play center field again."
Gomez hasn't been in the lineup since turning the ankle last Saturday against the Yankees. He has already missed time this season with a strained right hamstring and a cyst in the back of his right shoulder. This could end up being the first time since 2011 he has been unable to get 400 at-bats in a season. He has 351.
"I'm not really happy [with the injuries] but it's the way it is," Gomez said. "I know if I had played the time I was supposed to with my 140 games I'd have a really good season. I'm not really disappointed with the season I've had because it's not because I'm not producing, [it's] because I haven't been on the field.
"Being frustrated is part of the job. Nothing I can do. When I'm playing, I try to do my best. When something isn't right, try to fix it as quick as possible. Having the strained hamstring is a regular injury for anybody. Sprained ankle was the first time it had ever happened to me. And the thing on my back was a freak thing."
Sense of urgency? Maybe not
Rangers manager Jeff Banister acknowledged that his team has a steep battle ahead for an American League Wild Card spot, but he isn't sure that the much-quoted "sense of urgency" is the answer.
"A sense of urgency can be detrimental," Banister said. "I'm sure this is not a popular thing to say but a sense of urgency can create anxiety. You create a certain amount of tension in moments. One thing we did in the last couple of years was no panic. We just played the game with a purpose of adults with teenage enthusiasm."
• Pitcher Tyson Ross has cleared unconditional waivers and become a free agent.
• A.J. Griffin's relief appearance on Thursday was his first after 85 Major League starts. But Griffin was a reliever at the University of San Diego and had 15 saves in his first Minor League season with Vancouver in 2002.
• Second baseman Rougned Odor had all four RBIs in the Rangers' 10-4 loss to the Mariners on Thursday. The last Rangers player to have all four of the team's RBIs in a game was Prince Fielder on Sept. 28, 2015, in a 7-4 loss to the Tigers.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.