Hart, Hall in; Hardy out for first-half finale
Trevor Hoffman has occupied most of the morning, but it’s worth mentioning a couple of things about today’s lineup before Yovani Gallardo throws his first pitch.
- Corey Hart ran in the outfield Sunday morning to test his bruised left foot, and was deemed able to play after missing the last three starts.
- Bill Hall, as Macha promised, is also back in the lineup against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Hall was defiant yesterday about turning his season around.
- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was 4-for-7 with five RBIs in the first two games against the Dodgers, but was out of Sunday’s lineup because of soreness near his left collarbone or shoulder. Macha said Hart reported feeling a tweak during a swing Saturday night. It’s a tough injury, because it forces the Brewers to start lefty-hitter Craig Counsell, whose knee might have benefitted from an extra day of rest heading into the All-Star break, against the tough Kershaw.
- With Counsell at shortstop, Casey McGehee is at
thirdsecond. He has downplayed his sore right knee, but McGehee did not look himself in the field on Thursday against the Cardinals.
That said, here is the full lineup:
Jason Kendall C
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 2B
Mike Cameron CF
Bill Hall 3B
Craig Counsell SS
Yovani Gallardo RHP