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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Carlos Gomez scratched vs. Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Milwaukee leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez was a late scratch from the Brewers' lineup because of lower back tightness.

The center fielder was due back on the field at the Cubs on Saturday after serving a three-game suspension for his actions in a bench-clearing incident against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 20

Gomez was in the original lineup, but manager Ron Roenicke was concerned because he still had some lingering issues with his back.

Roenicke said Gomez "is such a violent swinger and a player" that "if he's a little hesitant, I don't think it's a good idea to put him out there."

Gomez is hitting .290 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs.

Elian Herrera led off and played left field while Logan Schafer was inserted in center. They went a combined 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.