Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a lower leg contusion, and he likely will be out six weeks, the team said Monday.
The Pirates said in a statement that "a combination of rest, treatment and rehabilitation are the standard course of action for this type of injury."
The Pirates placed Mercer on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. To make room for Morel on the 40-man roster, first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Mercer and Gomez collided in the second inning when Mercer was in front of the second-base bag attempting to tag Gomez, whose right knee appeared to make contact with Mercer's left knee.
Following the Brewers' 6-1 win, Gomez tweeted that his thoughts were with Mercer. He clarified that he never meant to put the Pirates' shortstop at risk for injury.
Want to take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers to Jordy_Mercer his family and the @Pirates organization.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) July 20, 2015
It was never my intention to hurt him or take him out of the game. Hope you have a speedy recovery and are out on the field soon.— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) July 20, 2015
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle called the injury "misfortunate."
"I think if he's [Gomez] on your team, it's an aggressive slide," he said Sunday. "If not, you know, he was straight into the basepath with a sideways slide. It's a baseball play. It's not a gentleman's game, but it's a baseball play."
Mercer is hitting .242 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 79 games this season.
"It's a challenge," Hurdle said. "The beautiful thing about this game is no other team really cares. So we're going to play on, opportunities to bring next man up or put a new man in. That's what we'll continue to do."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.