Gomez out due to sore right wrist

Gomez out due to sore right wrist

DENVER -- Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez was not in the team's lineup Saturday due to a sore right wrist, an injury he suffered while making a spectacular game-saving catch in the ninth inning of Friday night's 4-2 victory over the Rockies.

Gomez slammed the wrist into the wall while making the grab. He said on Saturday that his right wrist was still really sore, so Craig Monroe got the start in center in his place.

"He hit the wall pretty hard and we suspected that he might be a little sore," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we just had to wait and see how he felt. And when he got here today, he was sore."

The center fielder said the wrist hurt mostly in side-to-side, lateral movements and that he was mostly concerned about his ability to hit.

Gomez did not take part in batting practice before the game, but Gardenhire hoped to possibly have him as a late-inning defensive replacement. The skipper planned to see if Gomez could indeed make a throw with the wrist.

Gomez didn't seem so sure if that was an option, even questioning whether he might be able to play in Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

"We'll try tomorrow and see how it's feeling," Gomez said. "It's not too bad, but it is hurting."

In addition to tweaking his wrist on the play, Gomez also banged the left side of his face on the fence and bit his upper lip. Gomez said that his jaw was still a little sore from the play, but otherwise, it was just the wrist that was keeping him out of the lineup.

Asked if he had watched the many replays of his catch on television, which was featured as one of top plays on many sports highlight shows, Gomez smiled and nodded his head.

"It's fun," Gomez said. "In the moment when you got a catch like that, you feel good. You definitely want to come to the hotel or go home and watch the replays."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.