Gameday: Feb 26 at Cubs

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart and Jason Kendall have the day off as the Brewers travel to Mesa, Ariz. to face the Cubs, but former Cub Casey McGehee makes his second straight start and will get a chance to face the team that cut him loose this winter.

Here’s the lineup:

1. Rickie Weeks       2B
2. Chris Duffy           RF
3. J.J. Hardy            SS
4. Ryan Braun          LF
5. Mike Cameron      CF
6. Mike Rivera          C
7. Brad Nelson         1B
8. Casey McGehee   3B
9. Yovani Gallardo    RHP

Also scheduled to pitch today is Carlos Villanueva, Mitch Stetter, Tim Dillard, Seth McClung, Chris Narveson, Joe Bateman and Sam Narron. The scheduled Cubs starter is Sean Marshall.

As far as the lineup, Duffy in right field is interesting, and it’s the first example of Macha getting creative to fill innings with so few outfielders in camp. That number will further dwindle on Sunday when Braun departs for the World Baseball Classic, meaning more playing time for Duffy, Trot Nixon and Minor League outfielders taking part in the team’s mini-camp.

One injury note: Outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. said his cell phone lit up Wednesday night when sports networks started scrolling the news that he expects to miss up to a month of Spring Training with his sore right shoulder. Gwynn said his comments were taken way out of context by the Associated Press reporter who was on-site Wednesday, and in fact Gwynn took part in some throwing drills for the first time Thursday morning and reported continued improvement. He thinks he might miss another 3-4 days, not a month.

After talking with Macha this morning, let’s just say that it would behoove Gwynn to get healthy by the time Braun leaves camp.  

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