Braun stays home

Ryan Braun didn’t head out on the road Thursday, after all. Instead of traveling to Goodyear, Ariz. to play the Reds, Braun stayed home and was in the starting lineup for the Brewers’ other split-squad game, against the A’s. 

Chalk it up to Brewers manager Ken Macha being ultra-cautious with his start left fielder. 
“That was a ‘this morning’ decision. Not that this has been a problem, but he said his hamstrings have been a little tight,” Macha said. “Not that it’s going to keep him out of the game, but [by staying at Maryvale Baseball Park] as soon as he gets out of the game he can go get his treatment.” 
Jody Gerut swapped with Braun and took the trip to Goodyear. So did I, because it will be my first opportunity to see Chris Narveson pitch. Look for a story about Narveson — and his Wisconsin connection that I didn’t know about — later on 
Here is the lineup for the game against the Reds:
Jody Gerut  LF
Joe Inglett  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Jim Edmonds  CF
Casey McGehee  3B
Steffan Wilson  1B
Matt Treanor  C
Luis Cruz  SS
Chris Narveson  LHP
Carlos Villanueva, Chris Capuano and Mark Rogers are also on the travel roster for the game.
Meanwhile, this is the lineup that will face the A’s at Maryvale:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Alcides Escobar  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Carlos Gomez  CF
George Kottaras  C
Adam Heether  3B
Adam Stern  RF
Randy Wolf  LHP
LaTroy Hawkins, Mitch Stetter, Chris Smith and Kameron Loe are on the list to pitch in that game. 
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Come on Adam – Narveson is the Pride of SouthWestern Wisconsin, even though he has never lived down there.

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