Brewers' Gomez optimistic after batting practice

Brewers' Gomez optimistic after batting practice

MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez popped a handful of home runs during batting practice on Saturday, another step in his speedy recovery from a sprained left wrist.

"It feels weak a little bit, but we're making progress," Gomez said after his session. "It's a big step today, hitting on the field."

Gomez sprained his left wrist last Sunday in San Francisco and originally expected to refrain from hitting for a full week. But that schedule was accelerated, and barring a setback following Saturday's swings, he could return to the lineup in a matter of days.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has suggested that Gomez measure the effort of swings upon his return to avoid re-injuring his wrist. But asked about that suggestion, Gomez said, "If they put me in there, that's not going to happen. I play one level. That's 120 [percent] or nothing."

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.