Hours after trading veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds to the Reds for outfielder Chris Dickerson, manager Ken Macha had plenty of changes in store for the Brewers lineup.
Milwaukee’s regular starters for both corner outfield positions, Ryan Braun (wrist) and Corey Hart (back), got the night off on Monday with minor injuries. The ripple effect of those moves resulted in rookie Alcides Escobar making his first career start in right field.
Utility man Joe Inglett will start in left field. Making the move even more peculiar is the fact that Dickerson is expected to be in uniform Monday night for the Brewers. Rather than use the newly-acquired outfielder, though, Macha opted for Escobar who has impressed in the outfield.
Sounds like Dickerson won’t arrive in Milwaukee until about 5 p.m., however, so that may explain the decision to use Escobar in the outfield. Still, the move leaves the Brewers bench with no infielders, just Hart, Braun, Dickerson and catcher George Kottaras.
The batting order saw some changes as well, beginning at the top:
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter