The Brewers optioned outfielder Adam Stern back to Triple-A Nashville on Friday to clear a spot for center fielder Carlos Gomez, who returned from the 15-day disabled list and is in the starting lineup against the Twins for the opener of a three-game Interleague Series. Casey McGehee will serve as the designated hitter, a chance to rest his surgically-repaired knee.
Joe Inglett 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee DH
Corey Hart RF
Craig Counsell 3B
George Kottaras C
Alcides Escobar SS
UPDATE at 4:15 — I mistakenly wrote Rickie Weeks’ name into the lineup this afternoon, perhaps because he had started each of the Brewers’ first 41 games. But he’s out, probably because he has five hits in his last 42 at-bats, and Joe Inglett is making the start. Inglett has one hit in three career at-bats against Blackburn, a home run.
A couple of additional tidbits:
– Jody Gerut is not expected to re-join the team until Saturday. That means the Brewers will once again be a man short on Friday night.
– Assistant general manager Gord Ash called to pass along some news items that have already been published elsewhere this afternoon. Zach Braddock is not joining the team after all, a decision likely made after Jonathan Lucroy was needed to replace injured catcher Gregg Zaun. Neither Braddock nor Lucroy were on the 40-man roster before today, and the team was not willing to clear two spots. Lucroy was Braddock’s roommate in Nashville and said he felt bad.
– Rehabbing left-hander Chris Capuano had a May 20 “out” in his contract but both sides agreed to extend that date to May 29, giving Capuano two more starts for Triple-A Nashville. If he’s not added to the Major League roster by that date, Capuano can elect free agency if he wishes. Or, he can simply continue pitching for the Sounds.