As expected, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is out of the lineup for a second straight day while getting treatment on his bruised left elbow (the full lineup follows). Brewers manager Ken Macha said he expects Braun to get more treatment on the off-day Thursday before potentially returning to action on Friday against the Phillies.
One more injury update: Reliever LaTroy Hawkins has been completely shut down from throwing since being placed on the 15-day disabled list before this homestand, and will not pick up a baseball until Monday at the very earliest. That’s the day he’s scheduled for another strength test, at which point the team’s medical staff will determine how to proceed.
Macha spent a significant amount of Wednesday morning behind closed doors with general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash for a roster “review.” They probably spent most of their time discussing the bullpen, which is weakened in Hawkins’ absence and has surrendered a slew of runs in the first two games against the Braves. There are plenty of options at Triple-A Nashville for Melvin & Co. to consider. More on that when the “Brewers Beat” hits the site a bit later.
One more thing: Macha mentioned when center fielder Carlos Gomez went on the DL that he would be eligible to return for the Brewers first game in Pittsburgh next week. Actually, he will not be eligible until two days later, May 21, when the Brewers begin an Interleague Series against Gomez’s old team in Minnesota. I should have double-checked — thanks to Kyle Lobner for the tip.
Better late than never, here’s the lineup:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Jody Gerut LF
Jim Edmonds CF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Gregg Zaun C
Corey Hart RF
Alcides Escobar SS
Yovani Gallardo RHP