Gomez missed much of September with a back injury, however he was able to play in the Wildcard game against the Yankees , hitting a critical home run to help the Astros advance. While nothing has been announced as of yet, Gomez's absence in Thursday's lineup could be a result of his lingering back injury, however we won't know more information until later in the evening.
Tigers general manager Al Avila expressed some interest in an possible contract extension for Martinez, who still has two years of arbitration remaining. While the 28-year-old outfielder stumbled a bit in terms of batting average (his .315 batting average in 2014 fell to .282 in 2015) he improved dramatically in the slugging department, crushing nearly as many home runs in 2015 (38) as he had in his entire career previously (47). It's safe to say his play these last two seasons has certainly dictated a raise, however it remains to be seen how much the Tigers are willing to spend with a rebuild seemingly on the horizon.
After starting the season in the majors as a starter in the outfield, Pompey dropped down all the way to Double-A before being a September callup and earning his keep as a pinch-runner.
In seven pinch-running appearances in September, Pompey scored five times, which could be an invaluable asset come playoff time.
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 401-foot shot over the right-field wall off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Rasmus is no stranger to the postseason, having appeared in three games of the 2009 NLDS as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
With Astros' lefty Dallas Keuchel set to take the mound against the Yankess, manager Joe Giradi will opt to play right-handed hitter Chris Young instead of Ellsbury. He should return to the lineup, if the Yankees advance and play the Royals in the ALDS.
There was some concern Gomez would miss Tuesday's game considering he was unavailable for the Astros' final series of the season with a strain in his back, but it's clear now he should be good to go.
While the strain will likely continue to affect him for much of the postseason, he should provide some veteran leadership for a young Houston team that clawed its way back into the postseason picture.
Gomez made his last start for the Astros on Wednesday, when he aggravated his left intercostal strain on a throw from the outfield. As a result, he sat out the final series against Arizona.
"I feel really good," Gomez said. "It's a special moment. I know it's been tough for me because I want to do my best. But here we are. We make the playoffs, I can't explain how good I feel because you know, being in the playoffs it's what we're working for the whole year. And here we are."
His second season in pinstripes was better in nearly every area than his first as he finished the year slashing .276/.337/.471 with 19 homers. He got off to a slow start, but ended strong with a .292 average and 29 extra-base hits in the second half of the season.
Eaton has reportedly dealt with the issue throughout the season, so it will require just a minor procedure. Barring something unforeseen, the veteran center fielder should be back for the start of spring training.
Jones continues to deal with a back issue, and with the regular season coming to a close, the team will play it safe with him. He played in just one game after Sept. 20. and finishes the year with a .269/.300/.474 slash line.