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Gomez's next start likely to be with Pirates

Gomez's next start likely to be with Pirates

Gomez's next start likely to be with Pirates

CINCINNATI -- After Jeanmar Gomez's successful rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, his next trip to the mound likely will be with the Pirates.

"Right now, I don't think so," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said when asked if Gomez will make another rehab start. "We'll see how he feels when we get our hands on him. He could be very well close to getting back in the mix."

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Gomez tossed five no-hit innings for the Indians on Wednesday, striking out four and walking one. Hurdle was mostly pleased with Gomez's efficiency, as the right-hander found himself in just two three-ball counts. After his outing, Gomez went to the bullpen and threw 18 pitches to get to the 70-pitch mark.

Considering the team has three off-days coming in an 11-day stretch, Hurdle said Gomez could return from the right forearm strain and inflammation that's kept him on the disabled list since June 3.

"We've got vacation coming up," Hurdle said. "So we have some flexibility in what we might want to do."

Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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