That type of injury affects the muscles holding the rib cage together, and as you might expect would greatly hinder one's moment swinging the bat. Gomez has been doing baseball activities, including pinch running on Sunday -- stealing a base and scoring on a wild pitch.
He dropped a sacrifice bunt in the first game in Seattle, but Gomez is still limited swinging the bat.
The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich spoke with Astros manager A.j. Hinch and Gomez:
"Hopeful. We're hopeful," manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if a return as a starter was likely. "That's about as far as I can go. He's very frustrated because he wants to help his team."
"I feel like if I swing it's going to get worse," Gomez said. "Take the time and do the right thing."
Hinch said it normally takes 45-50 days to heal this type of injury, thus one can assume that Gomez might be out for the start, if not the majority, of the playoffs.
Astros fans will have to wait and see if his condition can improve. Gomez' passion for the game is clear, and if he could be out there I'm sure he would be. But, the Astros appear to have to plan not having him for the playoff run.