DETROIT — The Houston Astros are a little pinched in the outfield and on the bench until center fielder Carlos Gomez gets back into action.
Houston plays the middle of a three-game weekend series in Detroit on Saturday night with Mike Fiers facing Justin Verlander in a matchup of right-handers.
Doug Fister didn’t travel with Houston — he’s not scheduled to start again until Monday — to be with his wife awaiting the birth of their first child. The Astros will place Fister on paternity leave once the baby’s birth is imminent and at that time could add an extra player to alleviate the bench shortage.
They had another setback Friday night when first baseman Marwin Gonzalez had to come out in the seventh due to right hand soreness. If Gonzalez, who is listed as day-to-day, can’t play for a game or two, that would leave Houston with just its backup catcher as its reserve.
Gomez suffered a mild hamstring pull Wednesday and Friday said he hoped to be able to play Sunday.
“I don’t want to put a date on it,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. He’s got to run first.”
Houston added infielder Tyler White when it placed Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list but that still left the club with just catcher Jason Castro and